Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir was seen by reporters at an African Union summit in Johannesburg on Sunday, more than an hour after his Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said he had left the country.
Earlier, a South African High Court judge ordered the government to prevent al-Bashir from leaving the country until he decides whether to order the government to arrest him on war-crimes charges. The case was scheduled to resume Monday in Pretoria, the capital.
Al-Bashir arrived in South Africa to attend an African Union summit in Johannesburg on June 13. The International Criminal Court has indicted him for alleged atrocities in the Darfur region.
“Al-Bashir went to South Africa with complete guarantees that it will respect the African position regarding the ICC,” Osman said by phone from Khartoum. “The president finished his business in South Africa and is coming back home.”