Lawyer says Sudan President al-Bashir, wanted by international court, is in SAfrica

A lawyer for the South African government says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in South Africa following a judge's order that he remain in the country because there is an international order for his arrest.

The lawyer, William Mokhari, said Monday that the judge's order is being complied with and that there is no risk of al-Bashir "disappearing" while he attends an African Union summit.

"He is in the country," Mokhari said in a court in Pretoria, South Africa's capital.

The court then adjourned for an hour.

In a government notice published June 5, South Africa's minister of international affairs, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, signed an agreement granting diplomatic immunity to delegates participating in the African Union summit in Johannesburg.