Wisma Putra: Malaysia to be removed from list of Rome Statute signatories

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

PETALING JAYA: The United Nations will remove Malaysia as a signatory of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This comes following Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announcement on April 5 that Malaysia would not be ratifying the treaty.

The government had later issued a withdrawal letter to UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, on April 29 to inform the international body of Malaysia's withdrawal from ratifying the statute.

In a statement, Wisma Putra said that Malaysia would be removed from the list after the UN completes the necessary procedure.

Malaysia had initially agreed to ratify the statute after acceding to it in March.

However, in April, an upset Dr Mahathir said the government was "forced" to withdraw from it following confusions created by those with political interests.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based international criminal court.

Its objective is to end impunity against perpetrators of the most serious crimes – genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.

Only individuals and not the country would be taken to task.

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