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South Africa writes UN, seeks withdrawal from ICC

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Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo, identified as Stephane Dujarric has confirmed the UN’s receipt of South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, which will take effect one year from Oct. 19.

According to Dujarric, the instrument of withdrawal document, seen by Reuters on Thursday, has been assessed by the United Nations as bona fide and is being processed.

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South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering political opposition.

The South African government says it is withdrawing because the ICC criticised it for disregarding an order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa.

Bashir has denied the accusations.

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