Maxime Mokom is accused of crimes against humanity for atrocities committed against Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic. ICC judges are determining whether he should stand trial.
The refusal comes days after the ICC said it would relaunch its probe into an anti-drug crackdown that killed thousands. Manila and the ICC are at loggerheads over the question of jurisdiction.
The probe into thousands of killings in the "war on drugs" will continue, after the International Criminal Court rejected an appeal from the Philippines. The move was hailed by human rights groups.
Speaking at the 25th anniversary ceremony of the International Criminal Court, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said "no one should be able to lead a war of aggression and get away with it in the 21st century."
African leaders have complained about wrongful targeting by the International Criminal Court during the 25 years since its founding — but some African legal experts say those claims are unjustified.
ICC chief prosecutorKarim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, told FRANCE 24 that he had decided to open fresh investigations into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the ongoing fighting in Sudan. He said his office had received numerous reports from many sources of crimes such as destruction of property, executions, killings and rapes.
The referral is the second time the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed to the ICC, after an initial referral in 2004 that convicted three former militia leaders.
The Russian president has a warrant out for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The groundwork for this was laid by the special tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
The office of the presidency issued a statement to say an "error" had been made in earlier comments about South Africa leaving the ICC.
Ben Ferencz, a lawyer who secured evidence from concentration camps as a soldier and then became US chief prosecutor at 27, brought some of Hitler's inner circle to justice.
The US indictment against a Russian in custody in Brazil accused of trying to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a spy could spark an extradition clash. Russia wants him on supposed drugs charges, too.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the ICC's arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin showed that "no one is above the law." DW has the latest.