Sudans President Omar Al Bashir walks to review a guard of honor at Bole International Airport during his official visit to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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South Africa insisted to International Criminal Court judges Friday that it did not have to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Johannesburg in 2015 for an African Union summit.Lawyers for South Africa said the court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, does not oblige authorities to arrest heads of states that are not members of the court, such as Sudan.The dispute over South Africa's refusal to arrest Bashir prompted the country to move to withdraw from the ICC, but it revoked the decision earlier this year after a domestic court ruled that leaving the ICC without parliamentary approval was unconstitutional.
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