Afghan war crime investigation likely to resume in ICC

An international inquiry into the Afghan war crime case is likely to be resumed as the prosector has sought permission from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for an investigation into the crimes committed by the Taliban and the ISIS-K, a media report said

Sep 27, 2021
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An international inquiry into the Afghan war crime case is likely to be resumed as the prosector has sought permission from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for an investigation into the crimes committed by the Taliban and the ISIS-K, a media report said.  The request came after the recent developments in Afghanistan where the Taliban, an Islamist movement, seized control of Afghanistan, toppling the US-backed government last month, according to a Reuters report. 

The ICC had looked into the war crimes for 15 years and opened a full investigation later. That probe was put on hold by the erstwhile Afghan government, which said it was investigating the crimes itself.

The ICC investigates cases when a member country is unable or unwilling to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.

New prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement that the fall of the internationally recognized Afghan government and its replacement by the Taliban represent a "significant change of circumstances",

"After reviewing matters carefully, I have reached the conclusion that, at this time, there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations ... within Afghanistan," he said. 

The investigation will include the war crimes committed by the Taliban, the Afghan government, and ISIS. 

(SAM) 

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