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SA govt to explain reasons for not arresting Omar al-Bashir

A South African delegation is appearing before the International Criminal Court to give oral submissions on why it did not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma meet with President Omer Al-Bashir of the Republic of the Sudan to discuss strengthening relations between South Africa and Sudan. Picture: GCIS.

THE HAGUE - The South African government will on Friday tell The Hague why it didn’t arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the country for an African Union summit in 2015.

Al-Bashir is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes.

South Africa’s delegation to the International Criminal Court is led by a senior official from the Department of International Relations.

The delegation is appearing before the Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court to give oral submissions on why South Africa did not arrest al-Bashir.

At the time, government argued he was entitled to diplomatic immunity and sent a memorandum to the United Nations about its intention to withdraw from the court.

However, government has since withdrawn that notice.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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