War crimes judges will hold closed-door talks next month to discuss whether to allow the launch of a probe into the forced exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Burma.
Only chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will appear before the three judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hearing on June 20, presiding Judge Peter Kovacs said in his Friday order, seen by AFP on Monday, 14th May.
In an unprecedented move last month, Bensouda asked judges at the world’s only permanent war crimes court to rule whether she can investigate the deportations as a crime against humanity.
It is a legally complicated request, as Burma is not a signatory and member of the Rome Statute, which underpins the ICC.
Bangladesh is, however, and Bensouda argued that should give her office jurisdiction to investigate the Rohingya’s plight.
She likened deportation to “a cross-border shooting,” arguing the crime “is not completed until the bullet (fired in one state) strikes and kills the victim (standing in another state).
“The chamber convenes a status conference on 20 June 2018, to be held in closed session, only in the presence of the prosecutor,” Kovacs ordered.