Belgian attorney to defend Palestinian cases at International Criminal Court
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Georges-Henri Beauthier is a member of the group of attorneys who will soon bring Palestinian accusations against Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Palestine officially joined ICC as its 123rd member on Wednesday, which allows it to prosecute Israeli leaders for war crimes or crimes committed by occupying forces. Georges-Henri Beauthier, together with French attorney William Bourdon and Jordanian attorney Khaled Al Shouli, will submit to the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda approximately 30 cases relating to war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli army during the “Protective Edge” operation in July and August 2014.
The group of attorneys was instructed by 27 victims of the demolition of private homes and a hospital in the Palestinian territory. The file sent to Mrs Bensouda includes their testimony.
On this basis, the prosecutor can open an investigation or not. The plaintiffs request the prosecution of Israeli leaders in charge of military operations at the time, including Benyamin Netanyahou, the prime minister, Moshe Yaalon, Defence secretary, Yval Steinitz, Information secretary, and Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff.