Cii News | 10 June 2013
The South African Police Service has confirmed that a group of lawyers have lodged an official complaint seeking the arrest of US president Barrack Obama during his upcoming visit to South Africa.
The Muslim Lawyers Association laid a complaint on Friday with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks that Obama be investigated, charged,
arrested and tried in a South African Court for war Crimes,crimes against humanity and genocide.
SAPS spokesperson, Brig Phuti Setati, said they could confirm that that the complaint was lodged.
The complaint, dubbed the “Obama Docket” called on South African law enforcement agencies to take seriously its domestic and international obligations and to act against International War Criminals- who they believe Obama forms part of.
“However I cannot give you any more details about this right now,” Phuti said.
Obama is due to visit South Africa later this month for the first time as US president.
“In terms of the ICC Act, diplomatic immunity is not a defence and a Head of State is not immune from prosecution for the aforementioned crimes. The Complaint asks for Obama’s arrest when he enters South Africa or the securing of his attendance at a trial by other lawful means,” Muslim Lawyers Association’s, Yousha Tayob, said.
The organization said the Obama administration’s drone programme which has resulted in massive losses of innocent lives in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan was a primary reason to investigate Obama.
“In the alternative, the complaint requires South Africa as a State Party to the Rome Statute, to refer the case to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal
Court at the Hague to exercise Jurisdiction in terms of the Rome Statute” Tayob said.
We cant wait to host you, Mr Obama!
Its about time.....