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Recent application for International Criminal Court arrest warrants

Dr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche speaks to VRT news about the potential arrest warrants for the Israeli Prime Minister and members of Hamas.

The exterior of the International Criminal Court. It's glass fronted with a living wall on either side of the building,

The potential International Criminal Court arrest warrant against the Israeli PM and some members of Hamas is unusual in that it’s already under discussion before it has been officially confirmed.

"That's unconventional," says Dr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche, a Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary University of London.

"Normally, a request for an arrest warrant is first dealt with internally. Only when the Pre-Trial Chamber accepts the request will the official communication follow. But (Karim) Khan's office has been under enormous political pressure for months. That may explain the exceptional communication."

read the full article on VRT NWS (article is in Dutch).



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