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ICC finds SA failed in its duty to arrest Bashir

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir File photo: Ali Ngethi/AP

The International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber found that South Africa failed in its duty to the ICC to arrest Omar al-Bashir confirmed that the Sudanese president did not have immunity from arrest.

Bashir travelled to South Africa to attend an AU summit in 2015 despite a high court ruling compelling the South African government to arrest him and surrender him to the ICC.

South Africa has argued that it had an obligation under international customary law regarding diplomatic immunity not to arrest a sitting head of state.

The ICC rejected this argument.

Bashir most recently travelled to Jordan, with that country also refusing to arrest him. – ANA