South Africa court denies government’s bid to withdraw from ICC

iccSouth Africa’s High Court [official website] on Wednesday blocked [judgment] the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website].

High Court Judge Phineas Mojapelo found that the “decision by the national executive to deliver the notice of withdrawal of South Africa from the Rome Statute of the ICC without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid.”

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the denial was mostly procedural. Masutha went on to say that this ruling merely amounted to a delay and that it would not stop [Reuters report] the government’s bid to withdraw.

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SOURCE: News Now/ http://www.jurist.org

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.