Muslim lawyers fail in bid to have Obama arrested when he visits South Africa
June 28, 2013   By:    Obama, Obama Admin Crimes, Obama Appointments, Obama Lies, Obama's Broken Promises, Omar Khadr, Omid Reza Mirsayafi, Operation Guantanamo   2 Comments   //   1656 Views

by Ernest Mabuza

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THE North Gauteng High Court ruled on Wednesday that an application by Johannesburg-based Muslim Lawyers Association for the arrest of US President Barack Obama was not urgent and should be heard in the ordinary opposed court roll in a few months’ time.

The association approached the court on an urgent basis asking it to compel the law-enforcement agencies to investigate, charge, arrest and try Mr Obama for crimes against humanity when he visits the country on Friday. The court heard arguments on Tuesday on whether the matter was urgent and Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba ruled that the matter was not urgent.

This means the matter will be enrolled as an ordinary matter on the opposed roll.

The association’s spokesman, Yousha Tayob, said although its application had been found not to be urgent, the merits of its application remained untested.

The association required that the national director of public prosecution make a decision whether or not to prosecute Mr Obama within three days of the registration of the investigation by the police.

The relief sought by the association was opposed by the national director of public prosecutions as well as other state departments that were cited as respondents in the application.

The association first lodged a complaint with the National Prosecuting Authority and the police service calling for Mr Obama to be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity soon after it heard he would be coming to South Africa on an official visit. The organisation relied on the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act of 2002, which compels South Africa to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of serious international crimes, irrespective of where they took place.

The organisation’s complaint, dubbed the “Obama Docket”, sets out a case of alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the US administration through its drone policy.

In its docket, the association encouraged South Africa to take seriously its domestic and international obligations and to act against international war criminals lest they consider South Africa a safe haven.

The association said in terms of the act, diplomatic immunity was not a defence and a head of state was not immune from prosecution for war crimes.


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2 Comments to “Muslim lawyers fail in bid to have Obama arrested when he visits South Africa”
  • atombaxter
    June 29, 2013 -

    Doesn't look like it made the statement of charges, but a commander may be charged with war crimes not just for ordering them, but also failing to prosecute war crimes he knew or should have know about.

  • Muhammad
    August 14, 2013 -

    Good call on ringing in the new year with Arrested Development. For those of you who have not seen this show, do yslroeuf a favor and rent seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, then catch the season 3 reruns on Fox. FYI, GOB in real life does all kinds of VO work for commercials. You may have heard him on that disgusting Lamisil commercial where the cartoon bacteria make a home under some poor soul’s toenail.For our 2005-2006 transition, we hit the Fox & Goose for some entertainment by the region’s finest musical talent, most notably the fun party band quartet Champagne and singer / songwriter Justin Farren. The crowd grew progressively more Emo after midnight, so we hightailed it back to my pad to catch up on our Tivo’ed Jeopardy! episodes.