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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:00 am

Judges rule ICC has jurisdiction over Rohingya deportations

Associated Press


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that the court has jurisdiction to investigate widespread allegations that Myanmar forces have driven thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes.

The court says in a statement that the chief prosecutor must take the jurisdiction ruling into account "as she continues with her preliminary examination concerning the crimes allegedly committed against the Rohingya people."

The court says the preliminary probe, which aims to establish if there is sufficient evidence to launch a full-blown investigation, "must be concluded within a reasonable time."

Myanmar is not a member of the court, but Bangladesh is.