Human rights probe: Venezuela denies ICC authorization
Venezuela has denied the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Karim Khan, authorization to resume an investigation into alleged human rights violations by the South American country’s officials.
On Tuesday, Khan applied for authorization to continue the investigation after he had received “a significant amount of information provided by Venezuela to date, as well as other credible sources”.
But the Venezuelan government pushed back.
In a statement, it called Khan’s vision “prejudiced” and vowed “to defend the truth and demonstrate the productive work of the authorities in the investigation of all the complaints of serious crimes against people” in the pre-trial chamber.
“It is especially worrying that the ICC prosecutor’s request is basically based on secondary sources lacking any credibility,” the government said in a statement published on the foreign ministry’s official Twitter account.
It also accused the investigation of “marked bias and clear politicization, to the detriment of the rigor expected from an international instance.”
The ICC had started a preliminary investigation in 2018; Khan said in March that he would open an office in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.