On Thursday, Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed that South Africa’s government failed to meet with the obligations of the Rome Statute by failing to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit he made to the country in 2015. Al-Bashir ifaces charges from the ICC in relation to crimes he is alleged to have committed in Darfur.
Judges ruled that they did not consider a referral on non-compliance to the Assembly of States Parties to be useful in acquiring the cooperation of South Africa. They claimed that as it has been “unequivocally established” by a domestic South African court and the ICC that the government should have arrested al-Bashir, a referral would be of “no consequence.”
However the ruling could yet be appealed by either or both parties.
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Text source: www.coalitionfortheicc.org – 6th July 2017