A turbulent few weeks for international justice. First, Sudan’s President Omer el Beshir arrived in South Africa on 13 June for the African Union summit despite his indictment by the International Criminal Court for genocide. He left barely two days later as the Pretoria High Court deliberated on the South African government’s legal obligations to arrest him.
It has emerged that foreign ministers at the AU summit had
earlier called for the ICC’s charges to be dropped against both Kenya’s
Deputy President William Ruto and Omer el Beshir. They also
the UN Security Council to withdraw the referral of Sudan to the ICC.
Last December, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UNSC that
she had 'hibernated' work on the Darfur investigation due to lack of
And on 20 June, British officials arrest Rwanda's
General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake on a Spanish arrest
under European Union rules. Rwanda condemned his arrest on war crimes
charges as outrageous, given his role in the military force that
stopped the genocide.
Britain had little choice once Spain had submitted the warrant
but to detain Karenzi and test the charges in court. If they are as
weak as Kigali and others maintain, the court will throw them out and
Karenzi will be on his way back to Kigali. If the London court finds
merit in them and approves Karenzi’s extradition for trial in Spain,
yet another politically charged case will be in the making.