Will South Africa arrest Putin?
06 April 2023 | 6:05 pm
Pressure is mounting on South Africa to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he sets foot in Durban later this year. However, due to Pretoria's close ties with Moscow, surrendering Putin to the International Criminal Court remains highly unlikely. Legal experts are now speculating that South Africa may withdraw from the Rome Statute to avoid legal, political and diplomatic challenges.
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