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SA Muslim lawyers' body wants Egyptian president arrested

The MLA says Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is responsible for alleged war crimes & crimes against humanity.

FILE: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Muslim Lawyers' Association (MLA) has lodged a complaint for the arrest of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and other officials when they visit South Africa next week for the African Union (AU) summit.

Dubbed the "Egyptian docket", it calls for the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and other authorities to investigate the Egyptian president and officials and bring them to trial for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations.

The association contends there is sufficient evidence to establish a case against Sisi, and the Egyptian military, for the alleged massacre of protestors in Egypt last year.

The association's Yousha Tayob says their complaint was raised in terms of the Rome Statute to which South Africa is a signatory.

"Considering that Sisi is arriving on this country around 14, 15, 16 June, we seek his immediate arrest with any other identified officials who may be travelling with him."

He says the implementation of the AU Charter also allows for alleged perpetrators of human rights crimes to be prosecuted.

"We have referred this complaint to the African Union, and are awaiting the outcome of that referral."

Tayob says they have overwhelming evidence supporting their claims and hope that politics doesn't interfere with the law.