ICC calls on South Africa to arrest Sudan leader Bashir

The International Criminal Court called on authorities in South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was due in the country later on Sunday to attend an African summit meeting.
Bashir is accused in an ICC warrant of war crimes and crimes against humanity over atrocities in the Darfur conflict.
A statement issued by the court in The Hague asked Pretoria and”to spare no effort in ensuring the execution of the arrest warrants.and” It said the courtand’s members had and”deep concern about the negative consequences if a member state failed to assist in detaining Bashir, who was indicted more than a decade ago.
Bashir was slated to speak at a session on the African Peer Review Mechanism, a program in which African states monitor each otherand’s good governance standards. Instead, an official took Sudanand’s seat at the session with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, South African President Jacob Zuma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other leaders.
The charges against Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup, stem from reported atrocities in the conflict in Darfur, in which 300,000 people were killed and 2 million displaced in the governmentand’s campaign, according to United Nations figures.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman