South Africa opposition wants hearing on Bashir’s escape

Sudan President Bashir’s escape causes disturbance in South Africa’s main opposition party

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the Public Protector's office on Sunday to find out who is behind the failure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s arrest despite a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for him to face charges of genocide.

Bashir successfully flew out of South Africa to Sudan’s capital Khartoum last Monday before the authorities in Pretoria could decide whether the Sudanese president should be arrested upon ICC’s arrest warrant.

The ICC urged South Africa to arrest Bashir during his visit to the country for the African Union (AU) summit over his alleged war crimes in the conflict in Darfur. 

A statement came from the ICC accusing South Africa of not sparing effort to detain President Bashir. 

South African officials instead welcomed Bashir and other Sudanese officials on their arrival in Johannesburg, according to SABC news.Sudanese news agency Suna also reported that Sudanese officials were welcomed with a  friendly reception by South African officials.

The tensions between ICC and South Africa started after South Africa blamed the ICC for being biased against African leaders. 

The African Union had previously warned the ICC to stop proceedings against elected leaders who serve as the presidents of African nations. 

"As the days pass since Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir fled the country, a growing body of evidence points to an elaborate and well-coordinated plot by the Presidency, in collusion with the Security Cluster, to facilitate his escape," the DA statement said.

The UN and the US were both disappointed in their statements after South Africa’s failure to detain Bashir.

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