International Criminal Court (ICC) considers petition on Jos killings

Mr Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, The Netherlands has decided to consider a petition by SERAP, requesting him to use his position “to investigate allegations of unlawful killing of at least 326 people and perpetration of other crimes under international law during the violence this month in Jos, Plateau State of Nigeria; and the reports that the military and police used excessive force against both Christians and Muslims in responding to the violence.”

In the response to SERAP’s petition, the ICC sent a letter dated 8 February 2010, and signed by M.P. Dillon, Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, to the effect that, “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your communication.

This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you in writing.”  Earlier, in a petition dated 29 January, 2010 and sent to Mr Ocampo, SERAP said that “Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001.”

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