Sudan Minister Says Al-Bashir to Attend AU Summit in S. Africa

Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, will attend an African Union summit in Johannesburg, Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said.

Al-Bashir will visit South Africa for the AU heads of state meeting this weekend, Osman said by phone from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.

The president, who’s ruled Sudan for 25 years, was indicted by the ICC in 2009 for alleged crimes in the western region of Darfur. Al-Bashir refuses to recognize or cooperate with the court. The ICC has previously urged countries that are signatories to its Rome Statue to arrest the 71-year-old if he visits.

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