ICC judges seek UN clarification on Afghanistan’s rulers

By The Associated Press

The Hague: Judges of the International Criminal Court decided on Friday to seek information from the UN Secretary-General about who represents Afghanistan in international bodies after the Taliban came to power in August.

The request is intended to clarify the position of Afghanistan’s new leadership as judges ruled last month on a request by the global court’s new prosecutor for permission to resume investigations into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to Afghanistan’s conflict since 2002. ready to do.

In a written ruling, the judges noted that “for a number of reasons, including the rapid pace of relevant developments, and the short time that has elapsed since their implementation, there is still a great deal of uncertainty, including the motives of the legality of those events.” Includes implications of international law and international relations”.

The judges also sought the same clarification from the Court’s Assembly of States Parties.

Afghanistan is a member or state party of the court.

In a statement, the court said the judges also reminded prosecutor Karim Khan that he “may request authorization to take necessary investigative steps aimed at preserving evidence where there is a unique opportunity to obtain material evidence or There is a significant risk that such evidence may not be available later”.

Judges authorized an investigation in March last year covering crimes allegedly committed by Afghan government forces, the Taliban, US troops and US foreign intelligence operatives in 2002.

When the Afghan government asked to take the matter into its own hands, the investigation was put on hold.

The ICC is a court of last resort, established in 2002 to prosecute alleged atrocities in countries that cannot bring perpetrators to justice, known as the principle of complementarity.

Khan said last month that he plans to focus on crimes committed by the Taliban and the Islamic State group’s Afghan ally, saying he would “deprive” other aspects of the investigation, including alleged crimes by Americans. Are included.

Which led to angry reactions from rights groups.

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