Sudan President Bashir, accused of war crimes, would be arrested in South Africa, says ANC(Read article summary)
South Africa's ruling African National Congress said Tuesday that Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted on war crimes, would be arrested if he came to South Africa.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Addressing former political prisoners at the Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Tuesday, ANC deputy secretary general, Thandi Modise, said South Africa was not a haven for people who violate people's rights.
"If Bashir were to come to South Africa today, we will definitely implement what we are supposed to in order to bring the culprit to Hague," said Ms. Modise, referring to the arrest warrant the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued for Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his handling of the conflict in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur.
"We can't allow a situation whereby an individual tramples on people's rights and gets away with it," Modise told the Monitor in an interview after the meeting. "The perpetrators of war crimes should be tried at all costs."
The ANC's stand comes in stark contrast that of the nation of Chad, which hosted Bashir last week, despite being an ICC signatory. The ICC has requested that any member arrest Bashir upon arrival in the country, but the mayor of Chad's capital, N'Djamena, gave Bashir the key to the city when Bashir arrived.
- Part 1: Why does Sudan have so many wars?
- Part 2: Why is President Omar al-Bashir accused of war crimes in Darfur?
- Part 3: Is the Darfur conflict a fight between Arabs and black Africans?
- Part 4: What is the Darfur war about?
- Part 5: Could the war over South Sudan spark up again?
- Part 6: Could Sudan's oil resources solve its problems?