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South African government ignored court order to arrest Sudan president Omar al-Bashir

North Gauteng High Court wanted him arrested. They did nothing.

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South Africa was judged to have failed in its diplomatic duties by the International Criminal Court on Thursday after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited SA and was not placed under arrest

Al-Bashir is charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his treatment of the Sudanese people. He assumed the presidency in 1993 and has ruled Sudan tyrannically.

In this country, we can get a warlord in through the backdoor, but we can’t bring in skilled workers with having to spend three months in Home Affairs.

Judge Cuno Tarfusser said SA had a duty to arrest Al-Bashir in June 2015 and surrender him to the courts when he was invited to attend an Africa Union summit in Johannesburg.

However, the government ignored North Gauteng High Court’s order to take him into custody and prevent him leaving the country, to ensure he would face justice for his crimes.

The Sudanese president must have seen the huge neon light above SA that flashes ‘corrupt officials stay here free’.

Al-Bashir was first issued a warrant for arrest by the ICC in March 2009, followed by another charge on July 12th, 2010. The Criminal Court’s announcement comes at a time when relations with South Africa are already strained.

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The government have previously responded to the al-Bashir matter by stating that they are planning to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

However, in March this year, the government backed down on that idea, following a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in February which stipulated that a withdrawal would be unconstitutional and invalid – and needed to be decided on by Parliament.

The ANC’s committee on international relations declared that they will stand by their decision to withdraw from the ICC although they are still having consultations about the process.