S.Africa's ANC says International Criminal Court "no longer useful"

by Reuters
Sunday, 14 June 2015 14:21 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Sunday the International Criminal Court (ICC) was "no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended".

The ANC spoke after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes in the Darfur conflict, arrived in South Africa to attend an African Union summit. Bashir looked unlikely to be arrested as the ANC-led Pretoria government had granted immunity to all attending the summit.

With many African states accusing the ICC of selective justice, the ANC also called for a review of ICC statutes to make them apply to all United Nations members to ensure a "fair and independent court for universal and equitable justice."

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Ed Cropley and Mark Heinrich)

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