Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Palestinians formally join International Criminal Court

The Palestinians have formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), a key step towards being able to pursue Israelis for alleged war crimes.
After a ceremony at The Hague, Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Palestinians sought "justice not vengeance".

But Israel denounced the move as "political, cynical and hypocritical".

The ICC's chief prosecutor launched a "preliminary examination" in January, after the Palestinians signed its founding treaty, the Rome Statute.

Although Israel has not ratified the Rome Statute, its military and civilian leaders could face charges if they are believed to have committed crimes on Palestinian territory.

Palestinian militants will also be open to prosecution.


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