Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have today ruled that South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir when he visited in 2015, when he was wanted for trial on charges of genocide in the Darfur region.

The ICC says that South African government violated its obligations to cooperate with the court as a signatory of the tribunal’s founding Rome Statute.

However, the war crimes court judges declined to refer South Africa to the U.N. Security Council over the matter.

They noted that South African courts had already censured the government for its failure in Bashir’s case and said referring it to the UN would likely have little effect



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