June 14, 2015 / 2:39 PM / 4 years ago

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

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

JOHANNESBURG (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.”

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