al-Bashir: Govt to give ICC account by end of Monday

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 5, 2015

An explanation from the South African government on why Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, was allowed to leave the country and not arrested for genocide in Darfur, is expected to be given to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the end of Monday.

Last month, the ICC announced that details surrounding al-Bashir’s departure from the African Union Summit in Sandton on June 15th contravened the Rome Statute, and that South Africa, as a signatory, should provide an answer.

Nine days later, the North Gauteng High Court also found that al-Bashir’s exit was in violation of a court order issued against him the previous day, and that government continued to assist despite being aware of the order and list of charges.

“The decision by President Zuma and his Executive dealt South Africa’s international standing and reputation a severe blow. It is therefore imperative that they respond to the ICC,” Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Stevens Mokgalapa, said in a statement.

“Our own courts have indicated clearly that the decision to allow Al-Bashir to leave was wrong. Government can no longer hide behind flimsy excuses and it is high time that it accounts for the decision to allow al-Bashir to leave South Africa without being arrested”.