'Fugitive' Sudan Prez Defies World Court

Al-Bashir's Saudi trip seen as effort to undermine support for international justice
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 4:29 AM CDT
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir drives past supporters as he arrives back home after attending the Arab summit in Doha yesterday.   (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)
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(Newser) – Sudan's president thumbed his nose at the International Criminal Court with a high-profile pilgrimage to Mecca yesterday, reports the Times of London. A ruling last month requires the court's 108 members to arrest Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity in Darfur if he enters their nations. Many see his trips to non-members like Saudi Arabia as an effort to undercut the court's authority and turn Arab and African nations against it.