DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Australian Prime Minister Referred to ICC for Alleged Complicity in Gaza Genocide

Australian Prime Minister Referred to ICC for Alleged Complicity in Gaza Genocide

The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, finds himself at the center of a significant legal controversy as he becomes the first Western leader referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for purportedly being an "accessory to genocide in Gaza." This referral stems from extended support provided to the Israeli regime during the recent conflict in Gaza.

A comprehensive 92-page dossier, compiled by a team of over a hundred Australian lawyers and submitted to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan King's Counsel, alleges Albanese's complicity under Article 15 of the Rome Statute. Led by King's Counsel Sheryn Omeri, the legal team meticulously outlined the Prime Minister's actions, accusing him of aiding and abetting genocide in Gaza.

Among the allegations detailed in the document, it is highlighted that Albanese froze crucial funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Additionally, he is accused of providing military assistance and defense exports to Israel, facilitating its actions in the occupied territories.

The document further suggests that Australians were tacitly allowed to join the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), implicating the Prime Minister in the military operations against Gaza. Moreover, it points out the unwavering political support expressed by Albanese and other members of parliament for Israel's actions.

Notably, Albanese's order for the deployment of Australian military forces to the region, without transparent disclosure of their location and role, is also cited as evidence of his alleged complicity.

In a statement, King's Counsel Sheryn Omeri emphasized the seriousness of the accusations, particularly highlighting Australia's role in exporting military equipment and intelligence to Israel.

The legal action against Albanese follows similar scrutiny faced by other Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who have defended Israel's actions despite allegations of genocide. The referral to the ICC signals a significant development in holding accountable those accused of enabling atrocities in the Gaza conflict.

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