SA government could face criminal contempt of court charges after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the state's high court appeal in failing to arrest Sudanese president, Omar Al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.
702's John Robbie speaks to SA Litigation Centre international criminal justice lawyer, Angela Mudukuti, regarding the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
An important principle was upheld here, mainly that South Africa had a duty in terms of domestic law and international law to arrest president Omar Al-Bashir.— Angela Mudukuti, SALC international criminal justice lawyer
They all concurred but they concurred for different reasons... We have to wait and see what the government will do and if they'll go to the Constitutional Court.— Angela Mudukuti, SALC criminal justice lawyer
What we do know is that the high court invited the NPA to consider criminal contempt of law charges, so it will be interesting to see what the NPA makes of that and how they decide to proceed.— Angela Mudukuti, SALC international criminal justice lawyer
South Africa not only ratified the Roman Statute but they took it to the next level and domesticated it and made it domestic law in South Africa.— Angela Mudukuti, SALC international criminal justice lawyer