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South Africa says it will arrest Sudan’s Bashir despite AU resolution

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July 30, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir would be arrested if he ever visits South Africa, the country’s ruling African National Congress party (ANC), said on Tuesday.

Bashir became the first head of state to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity in March last year for his government’s response to an insurgency by rebels from Sudan’s western region – Darfur.

Earlier this month the ICC’s judges added three more counts of genocide to charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity issued in March last year.

The deputy secretary of the ANC, Thandi Modise said: "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."

In an interview after the meeting, Modise told the Christian Science Monitor: "We can’t allow a situation whereby an individual tramples on people’s rights and gets away with it… The perpetrators of war crimes should be tried at all costs."

South Africa’s support of the arrest warrant comes only a week after Bashir visited Chad, which as a signatory of the courts founding treaty – the Rome Statute - has a duty to arrest him, according to ICC and many human rights and advocacy groups.

The visit last week was the result of an agreement to normalize ties between the countries. Since the agreement, Chad has expelled Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of Darfur’s largest rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), who had been using Chad as a base for their operations in Sudan.

The announcement by South Africa comes after they played a leading role in a failed attempt to water down a resolution strongly criticizing Bashir’s arrest warrant at the recent African Union summit held in Kampala.

The heads of states changed the text to a more harsher one stressing that member states shall not cooperate in arresting Bashir and called on African countries to balance between their obligations to the AU and those to the ICC.

This is one of several times the South African government including its president personally has stressed that it will honour its international obligations and arrest Bashir should he set foot in the country.

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  • 31 July 2010 05:52, by murlescrewed

    It’s about time some African countries show that they have the spine to act without influence from Arabized North Africa. The arabized North African countries are just opportunists who consider themselves Middle East first and Africa second.

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    • 31 July 2010 06:14, by Jamus

      Arresting Bashir needs to be effected now,a well trained police backed by military needs to go to Khartoum,surround presidential palace,storm it and make Bashir lie down,step on his head and tie his hand behind.Then examine if it is him in front of cameras by making him open his mouth as wide as he can,check if he has a bowed leg and take him to Haque.Beat him with the butt of the gun if he resists arrest.

      Jamus

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      • 31 July 2010 06:39, by Aarai Baka

        To Jamus

        Man u made day today, when i was reading your comments, I was laughing until my stomach got hurt but wouldnt stop. when u said, make him stand in front of cameras by making open his mouth wider as he can, that was sick.

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  • 31 July 2010 09:30, by DASODIKO

    Ahaaaa, hoooo Jean Ping Bin Wing will die from anger on our patriot President Zuma who himself seen the suffering and would never allow it to happen on any of African Man or a Woman. South Africa is an example of human dignity, freedom and justice will never smear its reputation with unknown individuals like Ping the Chinese who just became known three days ago after the death of the African Lions.Its true that when lions died the meat of cheeps are eaten by dogs and foxes.

    I am just looking for a chance to meet the chinese guy to slap him on his face for killing the innocent civilians in Darfur.

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    • 31 July 2010 09:48, by Makeethy

      True brother! What Ping is doing is an extension of the relationship between China and Government of Sudan (under NCP). He has close ties with his father’s native homeland (China) and want to do anything that impress China. Hell with him.

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  • 31 July 2010 12:42, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    SA is the only potential country in African that shows real justics for the poor people in Sudan who had been ruined by the arab government. I beleived that Uganda has the same role to play should Bashir set his feet on the country. This is how we Africans should show our cultural courage, commitement and togetherness. Mbeki is the only ally that is collaborating with arabs and forgeting this own African people, ANC has been a strong party for Africans since the British tried to grab SA, I would give SA a credit for this great move. We are equal and nobody thinks he/she is above the law to destory other people. For sake of African,s bashir must appear in ICC before the magistrate. Failure to arrest bashir indicates that Africa has been dominated by Arabs. This stereotype exist among the arabs themselves, with their little overwhelming of North Africa. East African doesn’t have any single blood of freaking arabs, east Africans are buntu.

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