Al-Bashir: legal and diplomatic standoff
June 17 th, 2015
Pretoria - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has left SA on his private jet from Pretoria military base early Monday afternoon to escape the ICC in The Hague. Two warrants were issued against al-Bashir for committing war crimes and genocide during the conflict in Darfur. The ICC has asked the SA government to hand him over amid the 25th AU summit held on Sunday and Monday. SA has voluntarily signed the Treaty of Rome, thus has the obligation to cooperate with the ICC. As an ICC state member, SA is legally bound to arrest all wanted criminals by ICC and to proceed with extradition. Instead the SA government has granted immunity to all leaders and diplomats who attended the summit: a promise without legal basis, according to experts.
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