Contents of request for provisional arrest

Republic of South Africa

Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Act No. 27 of 2002)


Part 1
Cooperation with court: arrest of persons and their surrender to court (ss 8-13)

9 Provisional warrants of arrest

(2) On an application by the National Director, or a person designated by him or her, stating under oath or affirmation that he or she has reason to believe that-

(a) the request of the Court has been made on grounds of urgency for the arrest of a person who is suspected or accused of having committed a crime contemplated in the Statute or who has been convicted by the Court;

(b) a warrant of arrest or a judgment of conviction against the person in question exists;

(c) a formal request for the surrender of the person to the Court will be made later;

(d) the person concerned is in or on his or her way to the Republic; and

(e) the purpose of the arrest is to bring the person concerned before the Court or to take him or her to a place where he or she is to undergo imprisonment under a sentence of the Court, as the case may be,

a magistrate may issue a warrant for the arrest of that person and notify the Central Authority that a warrant has been issued.

Rome Statute

Article 92 Provisional arrest

2. The request for provisional arrest shall be made by any medium capable of delivering a written record and shall contain:

(a) Information describing the person sought, sufficient to identify the person, and information as to that person's probable location;

(b) A concise statement of the crimes for which the person's arrest is sought and of the facts which are alleged to constitute those crimes, including, where possible, the date and location of the crime;

(c) A statement of the existence of a warrant of arrest or a judgement of conviction against the person sought; and

(d) A statement that a request for surrender of the person sought will follow.