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Philippines threatens to pull out of ICC

IANS  |  Manila 

The on Tuesday threatened to pull out of the Statute of the International Criminal (ICC) if its war against drugs that has left thousands of people dead is investigated.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque previewed elements of a speech he is due to deliver at the headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Efe news reported.

"My statement is we agreed to be a member of the because of the principle of complementarity that the will only exercise jurisdiction if our courts are unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction on any crime cognizable by the International Criminal Court," Roque said at a press conference.

"And to violate the principle of complementarity would be to violate the very basis of our consent to be bound by the Statute. And if this will happen, then there may be a possibility that the may withdraw from the Statute of the ICC," he added.

In April, a Filipino lawyer filed a lawsuit against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC, charging him with mass murder during the anti-drugs crackdown that began after he took office on June 30, 2016.

The lawyer asked the criminal to sentence Duterte and 11 other officials, including the Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II and Director General of the Philippine National Police Ronald dela Rosa to life in prison.

More than 7,000 people have been killed in Duterte's war on drugs, at least half of whom died during police operations against suspected drug users and dealers.



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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 19:26 IST