International Court Could Probe Afghan Detainees

Luis Moreno-Ocampo

By Michelle Shephard and Richard J. Brennan, Toronto Star, 28 April 2011

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says he will investigate war crime allegations against Canadians over the handling of Afghan detainees if Canada won’t. [...]

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says in a documentary soon to be aired on TVO that Canadian officials are not immune to prosecution if there is evidence that crimes were committed by handing over detainees to face torture. [...]

When Toronto filmmaker Barry Stevens asked Moreno-Ocampo in his film, Prosecutor, if the ICC would pursue a country like Canada over its role in Afghanistan, he replied:

“We’ll check if there are crimes and also we’ll check if a Canadian judge is doing a case or not... if they don’t, the court has to intervene. That’s the rule, that’s the system, one standard for everyone.” [...]


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Photo: Jerry Lampen/Reuters, Toronto Star