Bashir defies warrant

KHARTOUM: Sudanese officials said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir returned on Thursday from a one-day visit to Uganda made in defiance of an international warrant for his arrest on charges of genocide.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in Sudan’s western Darfur region.

Uganda is a member of the ICC, which means it is required to act on the arrest warrant.

The trip was Bashir’s first to Uganda since the ICC warrants were issued.