April 9, 2018 / 8:09 PM / 14 days ago

War crimes prosecutor seeks jurisdiction over Rohingya deportations

AMSTERDAM, April 9 (Reuters) - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked it to rule on whether it had jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible war crime, according to a filing published on Monday.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in the filing that doubt over jurisidiction arises because Bangladesh is a member of the court but Myanmar is not.

Bensouda argued that, given the cross-border nature of the crime of deportation, a ruling in favour of ICC jurisdiction would be in line with established principles of criminal law. (Reporting by Toby Sterling; editing by Andrew Roche)

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