ICC is ’Dead’— Bashir

In statements to the Turkey-based Anadolu news agency, Bashir said that African leaders “refuse guardianship and that they are the masters of their decision,”.

Sudan President Omar al Bashir.
Sudan President Omar al Bashir.

He went on to say that the ICC “is finished and the summit of South Africa are only for the funeral and burial”.

Despite demands by Sudan however, it is not expected that the AU summit would call for mass ICC withdrawal.

The National Umma Party (NUP) of Sudan led by former Prime Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi said that while they support justice and accountability, there is need for bearing the political considerations.

Al-Mahdi proposed offering Bashir suspension of ICC proceedings through United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in return for pledges from him on peace and democratization.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan called for mass demonstrations to receive president Bashir upon his return today.


There has been much confusion about Bashir’s whereabouts for much of Sunday after he missed a lunch banquet for AU leaders.

Afterwards Sudanese government spokesperson Ahmed Bilal told Bloomberg that Bashir is on his way back to Khartoum. But the Sudanese foreign ministry later denied this.

Bashir was also seen at the AU convention center acting normally.

It is widely expected that despite the court ruling, the South African government will allow Bashir to leave the country and try to tell the court then that he left without their knowledge rendering the legal case moot.

Some reporters on Twitter said that Bashir’s presidential jet was moved to Waterkloof military airbase from Tambo International Airport on Sunday night in what appeared preparation for his departure.

They mentioned that the judge order does not oblige the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) which owns the base, to implement the decision barring Bashir from travelling thus posing a legal loophole.

Jakkie Cilliers, executive director of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told the Financial Times (FT) it was highly unlikely that South Africa would detain Bashir but said the situation was “hugely embarrassing” for President Jacob Zuma’s government.

“They are in a difficult position,” he said. “The South African government must have a rabbit hole here, I can’t believe they were not planning for this.”