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After the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided not to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan, the court began hearings into an appeal in the Hague on Wednesday.

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda seeks to investigate torture, arbitrary killings and other war crimes potentially committed in Afghanistan since 2003.

U.S. citizens could also be affected by the investigation.

Washington, which opposes the UN-backed institution, has threatened to take countermeasures if an inquiry goes ahead.

Judges at the ICC rejected a request from 2017 to open an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan in April 2019, stating that it was not likely to be able to serve justice.

The judges stated that there was sufficient basis for the investigations but too much time had passed and that the expectation was that Afghanistan would not cooperate, making it unlikely that an inquiry would be successful.

The prosecution would also include soldiers and members of the CIA. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that his country would respond energetically to all attempts to subject Americans, Israelis or their allies to criminal prosecution.

In November, Bensouda filed an appeal against the court’s decision.

Human rights organisations and the lawyers of victims support her appeal.

The hearing will run until Friday but it is unclear when the ICC will make its final decision.

Edited & Vetted By: Fatima Sule/
(NAN)

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