The International Criminal Court’s Afghanistan investigation has been pending for more than two years. In March 2020, the former Afghan government told media outlets it had asked for it to stop while it investigated war crimes itself. Reuters.
In a document dated August 26 published on the ICC website this week, prosecutor Karim Khan argued that Afghanistan’s request to suspend the investigation should be denied. He said the Afghan authorities were unwilling to seek justice in domestic courts.
Karim Khan said the Taliban “has not, cannot, and does not intend to continue the relevant investigations and prosecutions,” which was the basis for a cease-and-desist request by the exiled government. .
“Available information suggests that serious crimes continue to be committed within the court’s jurisdiction,” prosecutors said.
In July, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said that in the months since the ruling Taliban overthrew the previous government and seized power after Washington withdrew from the country, extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and non-compliance have been committed. He said he was responsible for humane punishment.
There is no deadline for a judge to rule on the prosecution’s request to reopen the ICC investigation.
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