UN boss rues SA withdrawal from ICC

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has lamented the decision by South Africa to pull out of the International Criminal Court.

The statement, as Ki-moon prepares to vacate office, adds to the outcry that has met the decision by the country.

“The Secretary-General regrets the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” his spokesman said yesterday (Tuesday) from Washington.

Hoping South Africa will rescind its decision, Ki-moon recalled the significant role played by the country in the establishment of the ICC, including as one of the first signatories of the Rome Statute in 1998.

“He hopes South Africa will reconsider its decision before its withdrawal takes effect,” Ki-moon’s spokespman said.
The European Union and Canada are among blocs and countries that have bemoaned the move by South Africa.

The withdrawal emanates from a tiff between ICC and South Africa after the country failed to arrest Sudanese leader, Omar Al-Bashir, wanted by the court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

He was in the country for the African Union Summit. Courts ruled South Africa had erred by letting Al-Bashir leave the country.
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