MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has temporarily suspended its investigation into the “war on drugs” of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, following the request of the Government of the Philippines to postpone the process.
The ICC Prosecutor’s Office notified the Pre-Trial Chamber on November 18 of the suspension of its investigation, although it will continue to study the information and assess the need to resume the examination, as indicated in a document published this Friday on the court’s website.
Specifically, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, Karim Khan, has stressed that the stoppage occurs to assess the “scope and request” for postponement that the Duterte government demanded on November 10.
In this context, Khan has advanced that the Prosecutor’s Office “will request additional information” on the case in the coming days to study the request for postponement.
ICC judges authorized an investigation on September 15 into possible crimes against humanity committed during the president’s anti-drug campaign, even though Duterte withdrew from court in protest in 2019.
In a speech delivered on September 21 to the United Nations General Assembly, the Philippine president criticized foreign interference and warned that anyone who “went beyond the limits” during the war on drugs would be “held accountable” by justice. Filipina.
Subsequently, on November 10, the Government, represented by the Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands, Eduardo Malaya, presented a request to the Prosecutor to suspend the judicial process, assuring that it was conducting its own investigations into the deaths reported during anti-drug operations.
The Philippine government admits more than 6,000 deaths in its controversial raids, although human rights organizations agree that the real figure could be up to four or five times more.