ICC to rule on SA’s failure to arrest al-Bashir in 2015

In the concluding session, the team was asked why the government has left consultation with the ICC until the day before al-Bashir arrival.

FILE: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Picture: AFP.

THE HAGUE - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will make a ruling on whether South Africa failed in its obligations by choosing not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015.

The one-day hearing concluded at the court's headquarters in The Hague on Friday afternoon.

South Africa’s legal team looked somewhat tired but satisfied at they emerged from the hearing room at the ICC.

In question was the country’s failure to arrest al-Bashir when he came to Johannesburg to attend the African Union Summit in 2015.

In the concluding session, the team was asked why the government has left consultation with the ICC until the day before his arrival.

South African legal representatives told the court the wheels of government turned slowly.

Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said the court would make a ruling before its summer break on whether this issue would be referred to the Assembly of State Parties or the UN Security Council.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)