International Criminal Court Seeks To Investigate Potential Afghanistan War Crimes

Jalil Javed-
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced that she will be looking to start a fresh probe into possible war crimes committed during the Afghan War.
“Following a meticulous preliminary examination of the situation, I have come to the conclusion that all legal criteria required under the Rome Statute to commence an investigation have been met,” Fatou Bensouda said in a statement on Friday.
Bensouda did not take any names, but a report from last year claims that the ICC was looking to investigate the Taliban, Afghan authorities, and American forces/intelligence for possible war crimes in the conflict that has now been going on for more than 16 years.
“In due course, I will file my request for judicial authorization to open an investigation, submitting that there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan,” Bensouda said.
Chief Prosecutor Bensouda continued by saying that if authorization is given to them by The Hague, her office will begin to investigate “in an independent, impartial and objective way, crimes within the court’s jurisdiction allegedly committed by any party to the armed conflict”.

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