PHILIPPINES (OBSERVATORY) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who is investigating his bloody anti-drug policy.
The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, announced in early February the opening of an “initial inquiry”, a pre-opening stage of the investigation into the drugs led by the Philippine president, in which thousands of people were smuggled out of smugglers and alleged drug users without trial.
The Philippines became the first South Asian country to be investigated by the only permanent court authorized to hear war crimes.
In the meantime, the Philippine president, a former lawyer, withdrew his country from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Since we are not signatories to the treaty … you do not have the right to pursue prosecutions against the Philippines, “the president of the Philippines told a news conference in Davao.
“Ms. Fatou, do not try to come here because I’m protecting you not because of your fear, but because you have no right to investigate here and about myself, not now, not a million years later.
President Duterte promised after his election in 2016 to root out drug trafficking by eliminating tens of thousands of perverts.
Since his election, some 4,000 drug abusers have been killed by police, according to official statistics.
Rights activists say the figure should actually be multiplied by three to get the right result.
The withdrawal of the Philippines from the Treaty will be effective only within a year. “This does not prevent the investigation of the killings,” experts and jurists say.