ICC prosecutor seeks full probe into Duterte’s drug war killings

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    The outgoing prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has sought authorisation from The Hague tribunal to open a full investigation into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, including innocent children.

    Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, whose term ends on Tuesday, said a preliminary inquiry that began in February 2018 determined “that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the Crime Against Humanity of murder was committed” in the Philippines between July 1, 2016, and March 16, 2019, which was when Duterte ordered that the Philippines withdraw from the court.

    Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogang reports.

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