ICC (International Criminal Court) is an international body put in place to investigate individuals accused of commiting serious crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
The international body is made up of over 124 countries and has issued 2 warrant of arrest after the the president of Sudan – Omar al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
He is accused for serious crimes such as causing a genocide and war crimes. In 2005 he killed over 300,000 citizens when the minority ethnics took up arms against his majority government made up of Arabs.
In 2015, South Africa had the opportunity to make Bashir face justice by arresting him when he came for the African union summit which took place in Johannesburg. The S.A government let him fly out of the country without any attempt of arresting him.
This made it clear that the South African government had failed the ICC mission by not arresting Bashir for whom two warrantof arrest was issued.
As a defense, Pretoria’s lawyers argued the fact that ” there was no duty under international law on South Africa to arrest Bashir”.
But the ICC prosecutor fired back to that statement saying South Africa ” had the ability to arres and surrender him and it chose not to do so.”
Note should be taken that the ICC does not have a police force of its own and hence must rely on the police force of it’s country members to arrest its criminals.
Following all the drama concerning this issue, the present S.A President made a threat of pulling out from the ICC.
Meanwhile Al-Bashir is freely travelling from one part of the globe to another and even announcing he will visiting Moscow for his first time in August.