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Pimentel confident of dismissal of ICC case vs Duterte due to lack of jurisdiction

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Easily, the charges against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Fridaysaid.

The Senate expressed belief that need not be worried about reports onthe ICC’s “preliminary examination” on the charges of crimes against humanity supposedly committed by the President, under his brutal war on drugs.

Some Palace critics viewed this latest development as possible the start of Duterte’s removal from office.

But Pimentel, a staunch Palace supporter, believed otherwise.

“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC (where) they give every complaint an initial chance to survive,” he said.

“But after this initial review, my prediction is that the complaint will be dismissed. It’s just a matter of time,” Pimentel said.

And the ground for the dismissal, Pimentel said it’s “lack of jurisdiction.”

Asked to elaborate on his assertions, the senator claimed that the charges being hurled at President does not fall under the “crimes against humanity”.

Based on the Rome Statute that created the ICC, the international tribunal can prosecute individuals, but not states or organizations,for four kinds of crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

These crimes must have been committed after July 1, 2002 when the Rome Statute came into effect.

“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction, do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly? Even those who despise Pres. Duterte, PLEASE be honest,” said Pimentel.

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