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Muslim lawyers urge SA to arrest Obama

Cape Town - A group of Muslim lawyers in Johannesburg wants South Africa to arrest US President Barack Obama when the country hosts him on a state visit later this month “because he is a war criminal”.

US President Barack Obama. Credit: Reuters

“Obama ordered drone strikes that killed innocent civilians. In terms of the Rome Statute, South Africa has the right to prosecute a war criminal on its territory if there is sufficient evidence,” Muslim Lawyers’ Association spokesman, Yousha Tayob, said on Tuesday.

Launched in 2007, the association provides legal services and advice to Muslims, locally and internationally, on issues that affect them. Membership of the association is open to judges, magistrates and prosecutors, among others.

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