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Activists say South African court ordered Sudanese president to stay pending arrest arguments

  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks after meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A South African judge has ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest, human rights activists said Sunday, June 14, 2015. It was unclear whether authorities would heed efforts to have al-Bashir detained on behalf of the International Criminal Court, if he is indeed in South Africa. (AP Photo/Ali Ngethi, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks after meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A South African judge has ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest, human rights activists said Sunday, June 14, 2015. It was unclear whether authorities would heed efforts to have al-Bashir detained on behalf of the International Criminal Court, if he is indeed in South Africa. (AP Photo/Ali Ngethi, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, right, stands with other African leaders during a photo op at the African Union summit in Johannesburg, Sunday June 14 2015.  The High Court in Pretoria has granted an interim order preventing al-Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an application for his arrest. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, right, stands with other African leaders during a photo op at the African Union summit in Johannesburg, Sunday June 14 2015. The High Court in Pretoria has granted an interim order preventing al-Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an application for his arrest. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

  • CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, right, stands with other African leaders during a photo op at the AU summit in Johannesburg, Sunday June 14 2015. The High Court in Pretoria has granted an interim order preventing Sudanese President  al-Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an application for his arrest.(AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, right, stands with other African leaders during a photo op at the AU summit in Johannesburg, Sunday June 14 2015. The High Court in Pretoria has granted an interim order preventing Sudanese President al-Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an application for his arrest.(AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

Activists say a South African judge has ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest.

There were indications that authorities would not heed efforts to have al-Bashir arrested on behalf of the International Criminal Court, if he is indeed in South Africa. South African media say he is attending a summit of the African Union, which has asked the International Criminal Court to stop proceedings against sitting presidents.

Al-Bashir's exact whereabouts were unknown Sunday. He has not been seen in public at the Johannesburg meeting.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, a rights group, says it secured a judge's ruling that the government must stop al-Bashir from leaving South Africa while the court hears arguments for his arrest for alleged genocide and other crimes.