Philippines drugs war: Duterte to withdraw from ICC

Rodrigo Duterte reviews an honour guard at the Bureau of Customs in Manila, Philippines, 6 February 2018Image copyright

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Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016 promising a crackdown on drug dealers

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he plans to withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it began examining the country’s drugs war.

A statement said the ICC inquiry was “in violation of due process”.

It also cited “outrageous attacks” on Mr Duterte and his government by the United Nations.

The ICC in February began examining alleged crimes committed during the controversial anti-drugs crackdown.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the court would be looking at reports of extrajudicial killings.

She stressed that the examinations by the ICC – based in The Hague – were “not an investigation” but a process of examining information “in order to reach a fully informed determination on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation”.

President Duterte’s policy of endorsing such killings in the drugs war has drawn widespread condemnation.

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