Examination of Philippines continues despite withdrawal: ICC prosecutor

Examination of Philippines continues despite withdrawal: ICC prosecutor

Rodrigo Duterte
File photo of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)

AMSTERDAM: The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Monday (Mar 18) her examination into possible crimes against humanity committed in the Philippines would continue, despite the country's withdrawal from the court.

The Philippines' withdrawal from the Hague court was formalised on Sunday.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensounda said in a statement the ICC continued to have jurisdiction over possible crimes committed during the period the country was a member.

Bensouda has been examining whether thousands of extrajudicial killings allegedly committed during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs are sufficient to warrant a formal investigation.

Source: Reuters/de

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