Palestine asks ICC for probe against Israel

Palestine asks ICC for probe against Israel
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al Maliki

The Hague - PA wants war crimes investigation.



By AFP

Published: Tue 22 May 2018, 11:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 May 2018, 1:33 AM

The Palestinian foreign minister on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to open an immediate investigation" into allegations of war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
Amid rising tensions with Israel, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al Maliki met for an hour with the ICC's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the tribunal in The Hague, "to refer the situation in Palestine" to her office.
It was an "important and historic step" for the Palestinian people "who have suffered for generations the consequences of crimes committed with impunity by Israeli officials," he told reporters afterwards.
The ICC launched a preliminary probe into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2015.
And despite a visit to the region, it has yet to move to the next stage and open a full-blown investigation which could possibly lead to charges being brought.
Al Maliki said there was "insurmountable" evidence of crimes, adding that those "responsible must be held accountable for their actions without further delay".


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