Shireen Abu Akleh: Al Jazeera submits case to ICC


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Al Jazeera has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot in the head while covering Israel’s attack on Jenin in the occupied West Bank in May.

“Al Jazeera’s legal team conducted a thorough and detailed investigation into this case and discovered new evidence based on several witness statements, the study of multiple videotapes and forensic evidence related to the case,” Al Jazeera said in a statement on Tuesday. .

The network claims new evidence and videos show the Palestinian-American journalist and his colleagues fired direct fire in what Al Jazeera called Israeli occupation forces, a charge Israel has repeatedly denied.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday has long denied that foreign authorities are investigating Israel Defense Forces.

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“No one investigates IDF soldiers and no one preaches to us about the morality of war, certainly not Al Jazeera,” Lapid said.

The IDF referred CNN’s questions about the ICC case to the prime minister’s office and the foreign ministry, which declined to comment.

The ICC confirmed it had received a report from Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, any individual or group may send information (reports) on alleged crimes to the ICC prosecutor, who is obligated to protect the confidentiality of the information received,” the prosecutor’s office told CNN via email.

In September, the IDF admitted that there was a “high probability” that Abu Akleh was “accidentally” shot dead, and that the Israeli fire targeted “suspected armed Palestinian militants during the firefight.”

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The Israeli army said at the time that it had no intention of prosecuting or prosecuting any of the soldiers involved.

A CNN investigation published two weeks after Abu Akleh’s killing suggested that the fatal shot came from a position known to be occupied by Israeli soldiers. The pattern of gunfire in the tree behind where he was standing at the time indicates that the shooting was not random, but targeted, an expert told CNN.

A CNN investigation showed evidence, including two videos from the scene of the shooting, that there was no active fighting or Palestinian militants near Abu Akleh before his death.

At the time of his murder, he was wearing a flannel jacket that indicated he was a press man.

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Al Jazeera said on Tuesday: “The claim by the Israeli authorities that Shirin was killed in a mistaken gunfight is completely baseless. The evidence presented to the Prosecutor’s Office (OTP) confirms beyond any doubt that there was no shooting in the area where Shirin was, other than direct fire by the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) at him.”

“The IOF investigation, which found no wrongdoing, has now been completely overturned by the evidence available to the OTP. The evidence suggests that this deliberate killing was part of a wider campaign to target and silence Al Jazeera,” the network added.

Abu Akleh’s family also filed a formal complaint with the ICC earlier this year seeking justice for his death, Al Jazeera reported.

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