Philippines’ Duterte urges nations to quit ICC

3/18/2018 8:29:00 PM
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Tehran (KNA) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged other governments on Sunday to abandon the International Criminal Court, saying the world tribunal — where he's facing a possible complaint for the thousands of killings of drug suspects under his crackdown — is "rude."


Although the Philippine Senate has ratified the Rome Statute that established the ICC, Duterte said in a speech that the treaty was never enforced in the country because it was not published in the government journal as required by law.As a result, Duterte said the international court can never have jurisdiction over him, "not in a million years.

"Last month, an ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced that she was opening a preliminary examination into a complaint by a Filipino lawyer of suspected extrajudicial killings under Duterte's anti-drug campaign, which could amount to crimes against humanity.

Source: Press TV

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