ICC reports Jordan to UN Security Council for failing to arrest Al-Bashir

The ICC is going a step further than it did against South Africa for failing to meet its obligations under the Rome Statute.

FILE: Omar Hassan al-Bashir. AFP

PRETORIA - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has reported Jordan to the United Nations Security Council for not arresting Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the kingdom.

The ICC is going a step further than it did against South Africa for failing to meet its obligations under the Rome Statute.

Al-Bashir visited Jordan last March for an Arab league summit.

The ICC remined King Abdullah II that Al-Bashir is wanted on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Jordan made no attempt to detain the Sudanese leader, just like South African authorities when he attended an AU summit in 2015.

In 2016, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced that South Africa was pulling out of the Rome Statute, arguing that the move is aimed at strengthening its ability to resolve conflict on the continent.

The announcement came after the Supreme Court of Appeal concluded that the government violated its international and domestic legal obligations in not arresting ICC fugitive Al-Bashir in June 2015 when he visited the country.