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‘Di tatantanan! ICC prosecutor to continue probe of Duterte’s drug war

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The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor has announced the continuation of its investigation into the Duterte administration’s war on drugs despite the Philippines’ withdrawal from the tribunal.

In a report released Wednesday (December 5) the office of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said it Wednesday, the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor said it is “continuing its assessment of available information to determine if there is reasonable basis to believe” that the allegations against Philippine officials fall under the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

“The office will also continue to engage with a variety of stakeholders on all matters relevant to the preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines,” it said.

The ICC announced in February that it is starting a preliminary examination regarding allegations that Philippine officials committed crimes against humanity in the course of carrying out the war on drugs.

The ICC’s move prompted Duterte to order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute, which created the tribunal.

Bensouda’s office said it has been conducting a “thorough factual and legal assessment of the information available” in connection with the allegations made against Philippine officials involved in the drug war.

As part of its investigation, the prosecutor’s office said it is recording, on an ongoing basis, “relevant alleged incidents and examining the circumstances in which such incidents reportedly occurred and particular key features, such as in relation to the profile of the alleged victims, the identity of the perpetrators and the modus operandi involved.”

Bensouda’s office said it is also meeting with relevant stakeholders at the court based in The Hague, Netherlands.