The judges of the International Criminal Court decided today, Friday, to request information from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on who Represent Afghanistan in international forums After the Taliban seized power last August.
The request aims to clarify the state of Afghanistan’s new leadership as judges prepare to rule on a request made by the new attorney general to the court last month to allow him to resume investigations into the crimes of war and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict in Afghanistan since 2002.
American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002 (archive)
In a written decision, the judges said: “For a number of reasons, including the rapid pace of the developments in question and the short time since they have occurred, there remains a large margin of uncertainty as to the legal implications of these events. “
The judges also asked the ICC Assembly of States Parties for the same clarification. It should be noted that Afghanistan is a member of the International Criminal Court.
In a statement, the court said the judges also recalled Prosecutor Karim Khan That he could seek authorization “to take the necessary investigative steps to preserve evidence in the presence of a unique opportunity to obtain important evidence or of a significant risk that such evidence will not be available to the government. Independent ”.
In March 2020, judges authorized the investigation into the crimes Allegedly perpetrated by Afghan security forces, the Taliban, US forces, and foreign and US intelligence operatives in Afghanistan in 2002, that investigation was halted when the Afghan government asked to take over the case.