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Why Burma calls international court’s jurisdiction request ‘meritless’

9 7 17

BURMA (Myanmar) on Thursday brushed aside the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) request to exercise jurisdiction over the government’s alleged expulsion of minority Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh as “meritless”.

Calling for the proposal to be dismissed, the office of Burmese leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi reiterated that the ICC had “no jurisdiction over Myanmar whatsoever”.

In response to a court judge’s request by July 27, the office issued a 21-point statement to outline why it would not engage with the court on the matter.

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“The request by the prosecutor may be interpreted as an indirect attempt to acquire jurisdiction over Myanmar which is not a State Party to the Rome........

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