Bashir ‘can attend’ forum

“Bashir can still come to South Africa provided South Africa discusses it with the ICC”

Wanted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir can attend the second summit of the Forum on China-Africa cooperation in Johannesburg, Gauteng, next month.

This according to Constitutional law expert Professor, Shadrack Gutto, who said Bashir can still visit South Africa provided South Africa discusses it with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Bashir can still come to South Africa provided South Africa discusses it with the ICC,” said Gutto.

“South Africa should discuss it with the ICC in order to see if the diplomatic immunity is accepted or not.”

Gutto said South Africa still has to explain why it failed to arrest Bashir when he last visited the country. He said Sudan should send a high-powered Sudanese delegation to the forum instead of Bashir.

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) refused to confirm whether Bashir will be coming to South Africa.

Dirco spokesperson Nelson Kgwete told The Citizen: “Heads of state don’t confirm until the last minute. We will know who is coming a week before or a day before the summit.”

Asked if Bashir is on the guest list, Kgwete replied:” The guest list is not yet ready.”

At the time of going to press, the Sudanese embassy in Pretoria had not responded to questions sent yesterday. The SA Communist Party (SACP) said Bashir should not attend the summit.

“We think he should consider delegating authority and have a representative from his government attend the summit,” said SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo.



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