ICC gives S/Africa more time to ex­plain Bashir ar­rest fail­ure

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The In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court said Thurs­day it will give South Africa more time to ex­plain why it de­fied an or­der to ar­rest Su­danese leader Omar al-Bashir, ex­tend­ing the dead­line un­til a Pre­to­ria court fi­nalises the case.

The Hague-based court’s de­ci­sion comes af­ter it orig­i­nally gave Pre­to­ria un­til Oc­to­ber 5 to de­fend its fail­ure to de­tain Bashir when he landed in the coun­try in June to at­tend an African Union sum­mit.

“The Cham­ber grants South Africa’s re­quest for an ex­ten­sion of the time-limit to sub­mit its views on the events sur­round­ing Omar al-Bashir’s visit... un­til such time as the cur­rently on­go­ing rel­e­vant ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ings be­fore the courts of South Africa are fi­nalised,” the ICC said.

Bashir is wanted for geno­cide, war crimes and crimes against hu­man­ity al­legedly com­mit­ted against civil­ians in Su­dan’s vast Dar­fur re­gion, where the UN says some 300,000 peo­ple were killed and 2.5 mil­lion oth­ers forced to flee their homes in a deadly con­flict.

Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000.

Su­danese Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir

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