ICC Prosecutor Says Court Has Jurisdiction in Palestinian Territories

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he International Criminal Court at the Hague, Netherlands. (Hypergio)

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has restated her position that the ICC has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the Palestinians, which could lead to a probe of alleged war crimes.

In a 60-page paper, Fatou Bensouda wrote: “The Prosecution has carefully considered the observations of the participants and remains of the view that the Court has jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

Both Israel and the Palestinians have been accused of crimes in the region. Israel denies the allegations and has argued that the court has no jurisdiction, since the Palestinians are not a state.

The question will now be taken up by a pre-trial chamber of the ICC. The three judges of the chamber — Péter Kovács of Hungary, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France and Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou of Benin — have no set deadline to hand down their decision, but are expected to do so within 120 days.