The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said this week that he plans to visit Palestine next year.
Karim Khan made the remark on Monday at the 21st session of the Hague-based court’s Assembly of State Parties, adding that he also intended to visit Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to human rights activists who were at the session and posted updates from it via Twitter.
Speaking about the places he has visited, Khan said that “God willing,” he would visit those locations in 2023, presumably as part of probes the court is leading, including into possible Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank during a war in the summer of 2014 and afterward.
Israeli Kan public broadcaster said the ICC had confirmed that “a visit to Palestine is one of the prosecutor’s goals for next year.”
Last year, Khan’s predecessor Fatou Bensouda announced an investigation that would “cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court that are alleged to have been committed in the situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the referral of the situation to my office.”