Ocampo: The investigation of Israeli crimes may take 18 months

The former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, denied the Israeli allegations that Palestine is not a state, and therefore its demand for an investigation of war crimes committed by” Israel “against the Palestinians is not entitled.

Ocampo, an Argentine lawyer, served as the first prosecutor of the ICC from 2003 to 2012, before Fatou Bensouda succeeded him, commenting on the Hague decision, saying that this is a conflict from 2009, and I have worked on it for three years, and in my time, Palestine was not granted the status of the state, but now the situation is different.

He added, according to the Hebrew newspaper, Israel Hayom, published today, Monday, that the decision was taken not to address the issue because at that time Palestine was not a state.

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But in October 2012, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it is an observer state and a member of the United Nations, and in 2015, all states parties agreed that Palestine is a member state of the International Criminal Court.

He pointed out that Bensouda will now investigate the crimes, even those that occurred earlier,” and said that The investigation will continue for a year and a half.

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On Friday, the Pre-Trial Chamber (based in The Hague) issued a decision establishing its jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories (the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem), which paves the way for an investigation into war crimes resulting from Israeli military actions.

(Source / 09.02.2021)

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