US News Lead 1-The ICC Prosecutor suspends his survey on the fight against the Philippines

08:15  20 november  2021
08:15  20 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Hague, 20 November (Reuters) - The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, suspended the investigation into alleged violations Human rights in the Philippines committed in the country as part of the anti-drug control, shows a document published on Friday.

In September, ICC's judges had authorized an investigation into anti-drug control during which thousands of people suspected of drug trafficking found death.

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Activists say that many of them were performed by the authorities with the tacit support by President Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine authorities argue that these people were slaughtered in self-defense and that the ICC has no right to investigate.

According to the documents, Karim Khan wrote that Manila had filed an application for postponement on November 10. Governments may request the ICC to postpone a case if they carry out their own investigations and prosecution on the same facts.

"The Prosecution temporarily suspended its investigation while evaluating the scope and effect of the request for postponement," wrote Karim Khan, adding that the ICC would require additional information to the Philippines.

"We welcome the discernment of the new ICC prosecutor who considered a new look at this case, and we are convinced that it will be resolved in favor of the exculpation of our government and the recognition of the dynamism of Our judicial system ", said Saturday Karlo Nograls, Acting spokesman of Rodrigo Dutete, in a statement.

The Philippine government affirmed several times that it does not cooperate with the ICC. Rodrigo Duterte withdrew the Philippines from the ICC but the Court is competent to investigate the crimes committed when Manila was still part of its members and until 2019.

(stephanie van den Berg and Neil Jerome Morales; French version Camille Raynaud )

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