Duterte to spend life in jail if found guilty of extrajudicial killings – ICC Legal expert

HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS – Wikipedia defines Extrajudicial killing as:

An extrajudicial killing is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. Extrajudicial punishments are mostly seen by humanity to be unethical, since they bypass the due process of the legal jurisdiction in which they occur.

CNN Channel spoke to a lega; expert in Hague who happens to be ablest with proceedings of the International Criminal Courts in Hague, The Netherlands.

His name is withheld for his job security.

According to him, Duterte is now realising what he has been doing and trying to reconcile with the United Nations by officially extending a letter of invitation to them to probe his “extrajudicial killings”.

The legal expert noted that, Duterte is trying to play smart on the UN and the world as a general to throw questions at the UN representative in-charge of probing his country. “Those questions would be very naive. They are just to pretend as if he doesn’t know what he was up to.” – he said.

“When he is found guilty, his own people will push him to the ICC and he would pay the penalty. A lifetime imprisonment of course”, he added.

The Philippine government has sent a formal invitation to the United Nations to investigate the spate of killings linked to the Duterte administration’s drug war.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea’s chief of staff, Marijo Legaspi, confirmed this to Rappler.

“The letter was released last September 28, 2016, through our Malacañang Records Office,” Legaspi said on Wednesday, October 12.

Executive Secretary Medialdea sent the letter to Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial summary, or arbitrary executions, who had earlier expressed concern over the spate of killings in the Philippines linked to the new administration’s drug war.

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