In Summary

  • SALC executive director Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh said facts showed that South Africa flouted those obligations by actively facilitating President Bashir’s escape.
  • South Africa was in the process of pulling out of the ICC but had that decision revoked by the Pretoria High Court.
  • The Pretoria High Court last month declared that government's notice of withdrawal was “unconstitutional and invalid”.

AFRICA REVIEW Correspondent

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has invited the South African government next Friday to account for failing to arrest Sudan President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in the country in 2015.

The ICC issued two warrants of arrest for President Bashir, but the South African government allowed him to leave the country.

President Bashir is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and murder committed in Darfur.

“Next Friday, April 7, 2017, South Africa will appear before the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to argue why the Court should not make a finding of non-compliance against the country for its failure to arrest President Omar Al Bashir when he attended an African Union Summit in South Africa in June 2015,” the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) said in a statement on Thursday.

OBLIGATION 'FLOUTED'

The SALC explained that the South African government will make written and oral submissions at that hearing, which takes place in The Hague.

The ICC will then decide whether South Africa failed to comply with its obligation under the Rome Statute, by not arresting and surrendering President Bashir to them.

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