Ireland is a “consistent and strong supporter” of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating the Israel-Hamas conflict, Tánaiste Michael Martin has said.
The ruling came after Sinn Féin announced its intention to submit a motion to the Dáil for Ireland to refer Israel to the ICC.
Martin, who is also foreign minister, said the ICC is the “cornerstone of the system of international criminal justice”.
In a statement on Sunday, he said: “Ireland is a consistent and strong supporter of the court, and of its independence and impartiality. This gives the court jurisdiction over any crimes committed within Palestine, and/or by Palestinian nationals outside it, including in Israel,” reports Breaking News.
“Importantly, the current prosecutor, Karim Khan, has made absolutely clear on a number of occasions over the last month that this investigation covers the current conflict, including all events on and from October 7th this year. He has confirmed that there is an active investigation ongoing in relation to the situation in Palestine,” he said, reports Breaking News.
Mr Martin added: “Ireland will continue to fully support the ICC in its vitally important work in investigating all the situations before it, whether that be in Ukraine, Darfur, Palestine, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or elsewhere. All victims, everywhere, are equally deserving of justice and accountability,” reports Breaking News.
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