Iran urges for arrest warrants Israeli leaders for Gaza war crimes

Iran called on the International Criminal Court to bring to justice Israeli leaders for war crimes as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip claimed about 400 lives.

Iran urges for arrest warrants Israeli leaders for Gaza war crimes

Iran Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice Israeli leaders for war crimes as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip claimed about 400 lives, IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran is asking the International Criminal Court to bring to justice Israeli leaders for the war crimes they perpetrated in Gaza for four days running," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Tuesday following a cabinet meeting.

Ahmadinejad said the ICC must send arrest warrants to the Israeli leaders by the Interpol.

Those involved by any means in such brutality "should be designated as war criminal and murderer", he said, and added: "Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza which will lead to definite annihilation of the regime".

He expressed shock and grief at the killings of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip as well as on the blockade of food and medicine supplies to the region during this period of crisis.

"Iran would follow up a fair solution to the ongoing human crisis in the region," Ahmadinejad said and added that the international community should step in to pressurise Israel to stop the aggression.

Agencies

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R. Starr
R. Starr - 10 yıl Before

The Treaty of Rome that created the ICC provides three ways in which a case can come under the court's jurisdiction. Two of them only apply if the country where the offense is alleged to have been committed is a signatory to the treaty (which Israel is not). The third is if the UN Security Council refers the case to the ICC, which won't happen because the U.S. has a veto.

Clearly, the ICC is powerless here.