The Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Mark Ellis said today in relation to current events surrounding Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir and South Africa:
"As a State Party to the ICC's Rome Statue, South Africa has an irrefutable legal obligation to arrest and transfer Al Bashir to the ICC. Too often, State Parties have refused to take action against Al Bashir, allowing him to remain at liberty for over six years since first being indicted by the ICC. South Africa now has an opportunity to reverse this trend and to prove to the world its unequivocal support for justice and accountability."
Dr Ellis is an international law expert and on the List of Assistants to Counsel of the International Criminal Court.
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