KL willing to ratify ICC


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 Nov 2007

At Dewan Rakyat Reports by LEE YUK PENG,ZULKIFLI ABDUL RAHMANAND ELIZABETH LOOI 

MALAYSIA will ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC) once details and terms of agreement are clear, Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said. 

He told M. Kulasegaran (DAP – Ipoh Barat) that even the United States, considered a human rights champion, India, China and Singapore had not ratified the ICC. 

"The ICC document did not explain themethods to distinguish andtry war criminals andgenocide, of identifyingweapons of massdestruction, aggression andterrorism" - DATUK AHMAD SHABERY CHEEK

He added that while the Government had agreed in principle to the objectives of the ICC, it was not as easy to sign a document and claim that Malaysia was all for justice. 

He said the ICC document did not explain the methods to distinguish and try war criminals and genocide, of identifying weapons of mass destruction, aggression and terrorism. 

Shabery said complying to the ICC rules would mean that the country had to change its own justice system. 

“For example, the ICC prosecutor is also the investigator, while in our courts both duties are carried out by different people. 

“We cannot take things for granted and sign the document just because the other countries did,” he said. 

Kulasegaran said over 100 countries had signed agreements to ratify the ICC, while the others had ratified the Rome Statute Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the ICC. 

“Countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Jordan, the Philippines and even Timor Leste had already signed and became ICC members. 

“Civil societies everywhere are disappointed because Malaysia has not become an ICC member,” he said.  

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