Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out of South Africa in defiance of a Pretoria court that later said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A hero's welcome for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as he comes home. Al-Bashir flew out of South Africa Monday in defiance of a Pretoria court that later said he should be arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes and crimes against humanity. But South Africa gave him immunity along with all delegates attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg this week. As an ICC signatory, South Africa was obliged to implement arrest warrants. Analysts say the decision to allow Bashir to leave signals a shift in Pretoria with Africa's interests now trumping those of the West.