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ICC prosecutor asks to open an investigation on Bangladesh, Myanmar

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took the next step towards opening a full investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya people who were driven from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a statement from the prosecutor said on Wednesday.

After opening a preliminary inquiry in September 2018, the prosecutor said “she will submit a request for an authorisation to open an investigation into this situation.”

Although Myanmar is not a member of the court, the ICC has already determined it has jurisdiction over possible crimes in the region, due to the cross-border nature of the alleged crime of deportation and because Bangladesh is a member.

(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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