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Government delaying al-Bashir ICC report on purpose - DA

Government delaying al-Bashir ICC report on purpose - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described government’s stalling of providing answers to the International Criminal Court (ICC) about the controversial departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, as an attempt to allow him back into the country.

On Tuesday, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the state had asked the ICC for more time in allowing it to compile the findings on al-Bashir’s exist from the African Union Summit in Sandton on June 15th. The ICC had originally given South Africa until October 5th to explain why it didn’t arrest al-Bashir per the Rome Statute, of which the country is a signatory.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Stevens Mokgalapa, said government’s failure could be viewed as tactical after a tweet from the official South African Government account, invited all AU heads of state, including a-Bashir, to attend the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in December.

“This [tweet] clearly [shows] that they fully intend to yet again break the law and host al-Bashir for the FOCAC summit,” Mokgalapa said.

“The ICC in 2009 and 2010 issued cooperation requests to all State Parties, and so South Africa would have been fully aware, for several years, of its obligation to arrest al-Bashir. This flagrant abuse of and disregard for international and domestic law cannot be allowed to stand”.