ICC may investigate Canada’s handling of Afghan detainees

Chief prosecutor says he may have to intervene

A new documentary is making waves for an interview with the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, who has indicated that possible war crimes charges could be brought against Canada. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told filmmaker Barry Stevens that the ICC will have to check whether Canadian courts are looking into its military’s handling of Afghan detainees—if not, the ICC will have to step in. If there is evidence that crimes were committed, the Toronto Star reports, Canadian officials are not immune to prosecution. “We’ll check if there are crimes and also we’ll check if a Canadian judge is doing a case or not,” said Moreno-Ocampo. “If they don’t, the court has to intervene. That’s the rule, that’s the system, one standard for everyone.” He could not be reached for further comment.

Toronto Star

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