ICC prosecutor aims to reopen Philippines drug war investigation

June 25, 2022 - 3:31 PM
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Seat of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (ICC photo)

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Friday he would seek to reopen an investigation into killings and other suspected rights abuses during former Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs.

The court had suspended the investigation in November at Manila’s request.

“After a careful and thorough review of all the information provided by the Philippines, as well as other information available publicly…I have concluded that the deferral requested by the Philippines is not warranted, and that the investigation should resume as quickly as possible,” Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement.

—Reporting by Toby SterlingEditing by Mark Heinrich