S.Africa Told to Explain Its Failure to Arrest Sudan’s Al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court told South Africa’s government to explain its failure to arrest Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg in June.

The ICC, based in The Hague, asked South Africa to explain the events surrounding al-Bashir’s departure on June 15 even after the country’s High Court ordered the government to ensure that he didn’t leave while the court decided on his arrest. South Africa must provide written reasons no later than Oct. 5, the ICC said in a statement published on its website.

Al-Bashir, 71, was indicted by the ICC in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes and genocide for his role in atrocities in Sudan’s western Darfur region, where insurgents took up arms in 2003.

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