Labour backs ICC efforts to arrest Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes

May 22, 2024 by

by Genevieve Holl-Allen and Tony Diver, Telegraph:

Labour has called for Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested if the International Criminal Court (ICC) issues a warrant for his arrest.

David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, said that the UK and all parties to the Rome Statute, which underpins the ICC, “have a legal obligation” to comply with its warrants.

He spoke out after the UK Government said that it did not recognise the jurisdiction of the ICC in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and refused to confirm whether it would comply with a warrant should one be issued.

Suella Braverman, the former home secretary, said: “The ICC’s decision to issue arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is a disgrace.

“To equate legitimate Israeli defensive measures with the barbaric terrorism of Hamas fundamentally undermines the impartiality and legitimacy of the ICC.”

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, announced yesterday that he had applied for arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister and the leaders of Hamas on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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