Sep 21, 2021 @ 18:23
No way out: Raul Pangalangan breaks down ICC probe even without PH cooperation
Retired International Criminal Court judge Raul Pangalangan breaks down the ICC probe in the country even without the government cooperation. The abogado said that they will probably look into individual liability with substantial grounds that a crime was committed within the area of jurisdiction.
As ICC probe on the PH drug war begins, retired ICC Judge Raul Pangalangan tells #ANCHeadstart the ICC prosecutor will focus on individual liability, looking for "substantial ground to believe" a person committed crimes within ICC jurisdiction. pic.twitter.com/CxWuyjs40g
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Pangalangan said that statements of witnesses can be used to provide contextual elements or establish liability. The abogado also said that the ICC will be willing to fly witnesses and evidence to the Hague if need be but probers will still be sent to the country. He said that restricting access will put into question the power of the State and reminded that the Philippines still has obligation to judicial cooperation.
The former ICC judge emphasized that the filing of charges can move up even without the presence of charged persons. Pangalangan noted that trials cannot proceed in absentia but arrest warrants can still be enforced in member states.
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