French prosecutor Francois Chimare announced Friday in Paris that Israeli families of victims of the October 7 Hamas attack will file complaints at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
François Zimeray also asks the ICC lawyer “Consideration should be given to issuing international arrest warrants against Hamas leaders“, according to a press release.
The October 7 attack by this Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil, “It was the execution of a genocidal plan as conceived by its authors“, Jimere judges me.”Faced with negativity in real time, the truth must be preserved, these atrocities must be known and etched in collective memory.“, he adds. The lawyer is forced by nine families of Israeli victims, “All civilians, many of them ‘Tribe of Noah’ rave party, a music festival, meetings and peace in the Negev desert.“.
In this complaint, “Hamas does not deny the crimes committed by the terrorists, they have documented and disseminated them, so the veracity of the facts cannot be debated“.”In the face of barbarism, the force of law must prevail“, Mr. Jimere announced on Friday morning.
Contacted by AFP, an ICC spokesperson could not immediately confirm receipt of the file. Created in 2002 to try the world’s worst atrocities, the ICC began investigating war crimes in 2021, including crimes allegedly committed by Israeli forces, Hamas and other armed groups in the Palestinian territories.