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Five countries ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Gaza

Five countries – South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros and Djibouti – have sent a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate whether crimes may have been committed in Palestinian territories, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said.

“In accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a State Party may refer to the Prosecutor a situation in which one or more crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court appear to have been committed, requesting the prosecutor to investigate the situation for the purpose of determining whether one or more specific persons must be charged with the commission of such crimes,” Khan said in a statement.

He noted that his office is already conducting an investigation into the situation in the Palestinian territories – which began on March 3, 2021 – into possible crimes that may have been committed since June 2014 in Gaza and the West Bank.

“It is ongoing and extends to the escalation of hostilities and violence since the attacks on October 7, 2023,” Khan said.

“In accordance with the Rome Statute, my office has jurisdiction over crimes committed in the territory of a State Party and with regard to nationals of State Parties.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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