Bashir fiasco: world powers fail – experts

FILE PICTURE: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir looks on during a welcome ceremony in the capital Khartoum, on June 11, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

FILE PICTURE: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir looks on during a welcome ceremony in the capital Khartoum, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

South Africa’s refusal to hand over Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) this past week and his consequent dodging of arrest while a court was still deciding on the matter, was a fresh snub for the Dutch-based tribunal and highlighted its reliance on support from world powers to do its job, experts said.

Bashir, who is wanted for alleged genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region, attended the African Union summit in Johannesburg. A SA rights group went to court to try have him arrested.

But despite the court ordering Bashir to remain in the country, the Sudanese leader flew home unperturbed on Monday.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Bashir in 2009, but he has travelled unimpeded, including to states such as South Africa that have signed the court’s founding Rome Statute and are, therefore, obliged to arrest suspects.

 

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