South Africa has been asked by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to explain why it failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended the African Union summit in Sandton in June.
The ICC insists that as a founder member, South Africa was obliged to enforce its warrant for al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes in Darfur.
South African authorities helped President Omar al-Bashir, who’s accused of masterminding genocide in Darfur, get out of the country when a Pretoria court ordered that he be prevented from leaving.
The ICC has given South African authorities a month to explain how and why this happened.
It points out that the matter can be referred to the ICC Assembly of States Parties or the United Nations Security Council that can impose sanctions.