South Africa: ICC rules that SA should have arrested al-Bashir

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ruled that South Africa had failed in not arresting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, when he visited South Africa to attend an African Union (AU) Summit in Johannesburg despite the ICC issuing a warrant for his arrest.

Al-Bashir is facing charges of war crimes and genocide.

The ICC ruling follows a hearing in April where South Africa made submissions on why the country believes it didn’t break any of its obligations to the ICC.

On Thursday, Judge Cuno Tarfusser said South Africa had a duty to arrest Al-Bashir and surrender him to the courts after the Sudanese President attended an AU Summit in Johannesburg in June 2015.

However, Tarfusser declined to refer the matter to the UN Security Council, which has tasked the ICC with prosecuting war crimes in western Darfur.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is calling for South Africa to withdraw from the Rome Statute which created the ICC.

“International law should never be skewed in favour of powerful states who have for centuries used the international system to their advantage and to advance their own interests at the expense of the poor countries of the South,” the party recently said in a statement.
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06 july 2017 13:46:28

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