S.Africa denies breaking rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

At an unprecedented hearing at the International Criminal Court, Pretoria found itself fending off accusations that it had failed in its obligations to the very tribunal which it helped to found.

S.Africa denies breaking rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

World Bulletin / News Desk

South Africa on Friday denied it had flouted international law by refusing in 2015 to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir wanted by war crimes judges on charges of genocide in Darfur.

South African legal advisor Dire Tladi argued there "was no duty under international law on South Africa to arrest the serving head of a non-state party such as Mr Omar al-Bashir."

Despite two international arrest warrants issued in 2009 and 2010, Bashir remains at large and in office amid the raging conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. 

He faces 10 charges, including three of genocide as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity in the western Darfur region.

The deadly conflict broke out in 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency.

The UN Security Council asked the ICC in 2005 to probe the crimes in Darfur, where at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced, according to UN figures.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Nisan 2017, 13:08