Al-Bashir’s evasion to be debated in Parliament

The Sudanese leader left SA in direct contravention of a court order that he be arrested.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The controversy surrounding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be debated in the National Assembly this afternoon in the wake of reports President Jacob Zuma and several of his Ministers helped the indicted leader slip out of the country.

Al-Bashir left South Africa last week after attending the African Union (AU) Summit in Sandton in contravention of a court order which had blocked his departure.

The Sudanese leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Dafur.

It's been claimed his exit was carefully planned by President Jacob Zuma and several senior ministers.

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) will take on the African National Congress (ANC) in the National Assembly.

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said ICC interventions alone won't bring a lasting solution to Sudan.

"For instance, we give an example of how South Africa emerged from its painful past. We did not take those who were responsible for apartheid crimes to the ICC.

"South Africa arresting President al-Bashir would have created serious diplomatic and political problems in Africa, including for the 800 soldiers that are currently deployed. But it would also have been a setback in terms of the progress to a peaceful resolution in that country."

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Government has until Thursday to explain to the High Court in Pretoria how and why al-Bashir left the country.