JBA’s ICC complaint against Israeli officials submitted: What comes next?

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In a recent landmark decision, the Jordan Bar Association in collaboration with Arab unions and a group of international lawyers from Europe, led by the French lawyer Gilles Devers, has submitted a formal complaint and report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli officials. اضافة اعلان

According to the head of JBA, Yahya Abu Abboud in an interview with Jordan News, he cited “The complaint included evidence and documents incriminating the occupation, and more evidence will be attached after documenting those crimes," noting that the request included taking legal action against the accused and their trial according to principles of law.

Abu Abboud further emphasized that, given the complaints, the ICC prosecutor must now verify the existence of a crime of genocide. He stressed the importance of not bypassing complaints submitted by associations, as they represent tens of thousands of lawyers and act on their behalf.

Complaint following the ICJ case
The ICC complaint follows South Africa’s ICJ case, he added: “The complaint is based on and refers to the International Court of Justice's decision in the lawsuit filed by South Africa against the Zionist entity, and the complaint also seeks to prove the factors of forced displacement, which is considered one of the crimes of genocide.”

Regarding provisions and timelines, he shares “The complaint will be studied by the public prosecutor, and there will be a meeting with the prosecutor and the court's body during the next two or three weeks to follow up on the complaint.”

It must lead to an immediate halt
Meanwhile, international lawyer and arbitrator with a specialty in ICC cases and international arbitration Yazan Dakhlallah Haddadin told Jordan News “The recent decision issued by the International Court of Justice must lead to an immediate halt to the Israeli military operation that destroyed vast areas in Gaza.”

He continued “However, although the decision issued by the ICJ are legally binding, the ICJ does not have any means to implement its rulings directly and executively. Therefore, one must ensure that all measures are taken to prevent the continuation of genocide in Gaza and to bring aid into the besieged Strip. Hence the Jordan Bar Association action may flow across borders in the form of a case before the ICC.”

JBA is the Kingdom’s most influential party
Member of the parliament Saleh Al-Armouti told Jordan News “The Bar Association is the most influential party that can be effective because the participants in this complaint come from all legal spectrums, including the Arab Lawyers Union and the Bar Associations in many Arab countries, in addition to several French lawyers, no less than 500 French lawyers.”

Armouti added “This gathering is the largest gathering for filing complaints with the Prosecutor General. Also, the International Criminal Court Law allows organizations and unions to file such complaints. Many European countries have also filed complaints with the International Criminal Court, indicating an increasing number of complaints.”

Armouti considered that “The Prosecutor General is not neutral. For example, in the Ukraine case, he opened an investigation and accused individuals, while in the Gaza case, despite the massacres and genocide committed, he did not move a finger, even though these are within the jurisdiction of this court”.

Armouti demanded the necessity of isolating the Prosecutor General, “I also addressed a question to the Prime Minister, asking why the Jordanian government did not nominate a judge for the International Criminal Court. It was later revealed that three senior Jordanian employees are working there as administrators, meaning that Jordan will have a presence, influence, and strength in this court.”

A good step in the right direction
Expert in international law, Anis Al-Qassem told Jordan News “This complaint is a good step on the part of the Bar Association, but it requires diligent follow-up because the Prosecutor General lacks the necessary integrity to seriously consider the complaint.”

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