Johannesburg: South African Government said in a statement, that it may terminate from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a row over the court’s order to arrest the Sudan’s President Bashir in South Africa.
Despite being wanted by the International Criminal Court, Omar-al-Bashir, was allowed to attend the African Union summit in South Africa. The ICC has issued an official order to arrest the Sudan President in South Africa, when Mr.Bashir was present in the country’s capital.
However, the African nation has failed to arrest the Sudan’s president and hence, drawn up wide spread criticism from the International criminal court for not following the ICC orders, being a member in the ICC.
The South African Government, after a cabinet meeting said that it would review the International Criminal court’s membership, for a number of reasons.
“Mr.Bashir enjoyed diplomatic immunity and was also the President of a country”, the South African government said in statement citing it as a reason for not arresting Bashir in South Africa. It also added that the arrest could have damaged its bilateral relations.
Mr.Bashir, however, said that he has done no wrong and denied the allegations against him over the atrocities in the western Darfur region.
The International Criminal court has earlier expressed its displeasure over the South African Government for not following its orders in the case of Mr.Bashir, the BBC reports.