ICC expected to make ruling on South Africa's failure to arrest Al-Bashir

On Thursday the International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on whether South Africa violated ICC rules by failing to arrest the Sudanese president during a 2015 visit to Johannesburg.

In April, the South African legal representatives told the ICC that government was under no obligation to arrest a sitting head of state like Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir.

The Sundanese president is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity. EWN senior reporter, Barry Bateman says the ruling will be made by Thursday afternoon.

The courts will also be deciding whether such contravention should be referred to the United Nations Security Council for further deliberation.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Read: South Africa grilled by ICC over decision to not arrest Al Bashir

Bateman says the courts may use this opportunity as a mechanism to rekindle negotiations with South Africa to try and retain it as a member of ICC.

He goes on to say that, South Africa could appeal the ruling if they wish to do so.

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