HAGUE/ JERUSALEM – Palestine has filed a request to the International Criminal Court Hague to investigate Israeli war crimes during the 50-day war in Gaza last summer, PakistanTribe received international media reports.
Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, signed the Rome Statute. On Friday the batch of newly signed documents and the petition are expected to be received by the UN secretary-general. In two months, Palestine will most likely be a recognized member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the adjudicatory body conceived to prosecute humanity’s worst crimes.
Palestinian accession means that the Court will then have jurisdictional authority to investigate allegations raised within the Palestinian Territories.
PLO official told that “As far as the Palestinian leadership is concerned, everything that had to be done to join the International Criminal Court has been done.”
Talking about the membership of Israel in International Criminal Court (ICC) the source revealed that official membership would enable Palestinians to file complaints against Israel without the hindrance of bureaucracy of the Palestinian Authority.
However in defence of this request and purpose to appeal in ICC Erekat of Palestine said “We guard our people in every place, and the crimes committed against our people in eliminating them, settlements, destruction, and aggression against Gaza, they haven’t passed statutes of limitations and those who commit the crimes need to deal with the results.”
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