The Hague [Netherlands], Sept. 27 (ANI / Sputnik): International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan said on Monday he had asked the court to let him resume the investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan because he does not deem the new authorities in Kabul able to litigate independently.
The prosecutor’s office opened the Afghan investigation on March 5, 2020. Three weeks later, the government asked the ICC to let it investigate the crimes on its own and the court agreed. Khan praised the former government for its efforts, but questioned the ability of the new government to ensure an “adequate and effective” continuation of the investigation.
“The recent developments in Afghanistan and the change in national authorities represent an important and important change of circumstances for our ongoing assessment of the postponement request. After carefully considering the issues, I have come to the conclusion that at present the prospect of genuine and effective national investigations into article 5 crimes in Afghanistan, ”said the prosecutor.
However, he said he was ready to “engage constructively” with the new government “in accordance with the principle of complementarity”.
The Taliban (designated terrorists and banned in Russia) formed an interim government in Afghanistan earlier this month. ICC hopes to investigate atrocities committed by the Islamist movement in the years leading up to its takeover in August, including indiscriminate attacks on civilians, targeted extrajudicial killings, persecution of women and girls, and crimes against children . (ANI / Sputnik)