Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir prepares for a group photograph ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015. A South African court issued an interim order on Sunday preventing Bashir leaving the country.
After a three-hour recess the state was not ready to argue its case. Advocate William Mokhari argued that government did not have adequate time to put the matter before the court.
Asking for the case to be postponed until Monday Mokhari said "the assurance is there that the court order which was granted in the morning still stand".
The judge ordered that Bashir be prohibited from leaving South Africa until an order is made on whether he should be arrested, and likely handed to the ICC, or not.
SALC argued that the state had enough time to prepare as they notified them of their intention to seek Bashir&39;s arrest in May already.
The organisation had made an urgent representation to ICC on Saturday night and The Hague reaffirmed its call for Bashir to be arrested.
Isabel Goodman of the SALC said that they are concerned at a lack of efficacy and that there might be a lack of communication between home affairs top brass and front line officials and that Bashir may slip out of the country quietly.
She stated that her colleagues tested the warrant on officials at the OR Tambo airport and they did not comply with the ordered and were not willing to give their names and designations.
Earlier on Sunday she stated that no one from Home Affairs could confirm reports of Bashir&39;s arrival in the country on Saturday night.
Here is the judge&39;s explicit order: pic.twitter.com/h7ibS2dI84— Louis Oelofse (@Loelof) June 14, 2015
And second bit: pic.twitter.com/kvjLOnfqng— Louis Oelofse (@Loelof) June 14, 2015
- Additional reporting from Reuters.