South Africa fails to arrest Sudanese President

  • President Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday morning despite outstanding warrants issued for his arrest by the ICC over his alleged involvement in war crimes in Darfur. 


  • President Omar al-Bashir will learn on Monday if South Africa's high court intends to order he be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he stands accused of war crimes. 
  • Mr al-Bashir is attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg - it is unclear if the South African government would act on a court order to arrest the president. 

  • The ICC called on South Africa to arrest al-Bashir in a statement issued on Saturday, before he traveled to South Africa, which is a member of the ICC. 

The President of the Assembly expresses his deep concern about the negative consequences for the Court in case of non-execution of the warrants by States Parties and, in this regard, urges them to respect their obligations to cooperate with the Court.
— ICC statement, June 13th