Legal professionals will present updates to a case submitted to the ICC regarding Israel’s focusing on of Palestinian journalists.
Legal professionals engaged on the case filed to the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) over the focusing on of Palestinian journalists by Israel will maintain a press convention on Friday to supply a “essential replace”, a British legislation agency has mentioned.
The press convention comes within the aftermath of a choice by each the Palestinian Authority and Al Jazeera Media Community to submit separate instances to the ICC over the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Could 11 by Israeli forces.
In an announcement from Bindmans LLP, attorneys from Doughty Road Chambers, representatives from the Worldwide Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), and the Worldwide Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) shall be current on the occasion.
The assertion additionally mentioned that Walid al-Omari, Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief, would even be on the press convention.
“We’re awaiting affirmation from the ICC’s Prosecutor’s Workplace concerning the motion they intend to take, however the killing of Shireen and the taking pictures of Ali al-Samoudi convey to sharp focus the necessity for pressing motion by the ICC. We are going to search so as to add these instances to the grievance that’s already earlier than the ICC,” the legislation agency added.
Abu Akleh, 51, was shot useless by Israeli forces whereas she was masking an Israeli army raid in Jenin metropolis. In the meantime, al-Samoudi, additionally an Al Jazeera journalist, was wounded by a bullet to the again on the scene.
“A free press is the cornerstone of a democracy,” Tayeb Ali, the solicitor within the case mentioned. “The focusing on of journalists in battle zones wherever on this planet is unacceptable and should convey extreme penalties for people who attempt to cover their crimes and violations by killing or maiming journalists.”
Al Jazeera Media Community introduced on Thursday that it had assigned a authorized crew to refer the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the ICC.
The community mentioned that it had shaped a global coalition that consists of its authorized crew, together with worldwide specialists, and is getting ready a file on the killing of Abu Akleh for submission to the ICC prosecutor.
“The Community vows to observe each path to realize justice for Shireen, and guarantee these chargeable for her killing are delivered to justice and held accountable in all worldwide justice and authorized platforms and courts,” the assertion mentioned.
Individually on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority introduced the outcomes of an investigation into the killing of Palestinian American Abu Akleh that it mentioned confirmed Israeli forces intentionally shot and killed the veteran reporter.
Palestinian Lawyer Basic Akram al-Khatib mentioned that Abu Akleh was hit with an armour-piercing bullet.
Abu Akleh’s demise led to worldwide outrage with a number of nations demanding a clear and immediate investigation into her killing.