Egypt's el-Sissi cancels South Africa visit amid calls for his arrest

Published 11.06.2015 00:00
Updated 11.06.2015 23:40

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi canceled a planned visit to South Africa to attend the African Union (AU) summit this week, one day after a group of lawyers filed an official legal request for his arrest. The Egyptian president was supposed to arrive Friday in Johannesburg to lead his country's delegation at the 25th AU summit titled "Enabling African Women," which will start on June 14. On Wednesday, South Africa's Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) filed an official legal request for the arrest of el-Sissi upon his arrival in Johannesburg while accusing him of committing "war crimes and crimes against humanity for the horrendous killings that resulted from the [2013] coup in Egypt."

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