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Sudan's Bashir in Zimbabwe visit

President Bashir arrives in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
President Bashir has made several trips abroad without being arrested

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, is in Zimbabwe for a conference, state radio says.

Mr Bashir was indicted in March but has not been arrested, despite making several overseas trips.

Zimbabwe has not ratified the statute creating the court, and therefore is not bound to arrest Mr Bashir.

Mr Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the world's first international rights tribunal.

The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes - intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage - as well as five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture.

It is not the first time he has travelled abroad since the indictment. Among other trips, he went to Qatar in late March, and in April he was in Ethiopia.

Ahead of the summit opening, Mr Bashir visited President Robert Mugabe, host of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa meeting, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe's state radio reported.

The summit will discuss aid and investment for Zimbabwe.



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