Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir has arrived in the capital Khartoum, defying calls from a court in South Africa that he be arrested on charges of genocide. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir arrived in the capital Khartoum on Monday (June 15) in defiance of a South African court that said he should have been arrested, Sudan Television showed. Footage showed Bashir descending from a plane that had flown him from Johannesburg where he attended the African Union summit. He appeared relaxed as he greeted various Sudanese officials. A few hours after Bashir flew out of South Africa, a Pretoria court said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. Bashir has been indicted by the 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. The decision to let Bashir leave represented an affirmation of shifting diplomatic priorities for the government, with African interests trumping those of the West.