South Africa to leave ICC over Bashir arrest row

South Africa has said it might leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a row over the court's attempt to have Sudan's president arrested there.

Omar al-Bashir was allowed to attend an African Union summit in South Africa despite being wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes.

After a cabinet meeting, the government said it would review membership "for a number of reasons".
But it stressed it took its international obligations "seriously".

A South African court had ordered Mr Bashir to stay in the country while it ruled whether he could be arrested. The government said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

Mr Bashir denies the ICC charges he committed atrocities in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region.
South Africa had "to balance its obligations to the ICC with its obligations to the AU and individual states", the South African government tweeted.

The country may consider withdrawing from the ICC as a "last resort", it added.
Previously, the AU has urged member states not to cooperate with the ICC, accusing it of bias against Africa.

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