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It is always difficult and risky to prosecute national leaders with some popularity among their people.
Jack Smith was a top war crimes prosecutor at The Hague before he began investigating Donald Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday appeared to downplay not attending an economic summit in Johannesburg next month amid a controversy over an arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court.
Russia turned down a request by South Africa not to send President Vladimir Putin to next month’s BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa’s deputy president told local media Friday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is despatching special envoys to the G7 countries and rethinking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to SA to counter the impression that the country is pro-Moscow.
ICC warrant for Russian president’s arrest issued in March over alleged war crimes in Ukraine
BRICS foreign ministers on Thursday (1 June) asserted their bloc's ambition to rival Western powers but their talks in South Africa were overshadowed by questions over whether Russia's president would be arrested if he attended a summit in August.
Dirco Minister Naledi Pandor’s explanation of Mufamadi’s mission was the first time she or her department had publicly addressed the subject.
It would require enormous diplomatic finesse to take the BRICS club further, particularly at this time. And we are seeing little of that from any of the members, least of all South Africa.