Sherine Abu Akle: Al-Jazeera is taking the case to the International Criminal Court


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Al Jazeera has filed a case with the International Criminal Court over the killing of journalist Sherine Abu Uqla, who was shot in the head while she was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, in May.

“Al Jazeera’s legal team conducted a full and detailed investigation of the case and discovered new evidence based on several eyewitness accounts and examined several video clips and forensic evidence related to the case,” Al Jazeera said in a statement on Tuesday. .

The network claims new evidence and video clips show that the Palestinian-American journalist and her colleagues were directly shot in a “deliberate killing” by what Al Jazeera described as Israeli occupation forces, a claim repeatedly denied by Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday reiterated his longstanding refusal that any outside authority would investigate IDF forces.

“No one will investigate IDF soldiers and no one will speak to us about morality in war, certainly not Al Jazeera,” said Lapid.

The Israeli military referred CNN’s questions about the ICC case to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry, which declined to comment.

The ICC confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a warrant from Al Jazeera.

“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, any individual or group may send information (communications) about alleged crimes to the ICC Prosecutor, who is obligated to protect the confidentiality of information received,” the attorney general’s office told CNN by email.

In September, the IDF admitted that there was a “high probability” that Abu Uqla had been “accidentally” shot and killed by Israeli fire targeting “suspects identified as Palestinian militants during an exchange of fire.”

The IDF said at the time that the IDF did not intend to file criminal charges or prosecute any of the soldiers involved.

A CNN investigation published two weeks after Abu Ukla’s death indicated that the fatal shot came from a location where IDF forces are known to be stationed. One expert told CNN that the pattern of gunfire in a tree behind where she was standing at the time indicated that the shooting was targeted rather than random.

The CNN investigation uncovered evidence—including two videos of the shooting scene—suggesting that there was no active combat, nor any Palestinian gunmen, near Abu Akle in the moments before her death.

She was wearing a bulletproof vest, which he identified as a journalist at the time of her murder.

And Al-Jazeera said on Tuesday: The Israeli authorities’ claim that Sherine was killed by mistake in an exchange of fire is completely unfounded. The evidence presented to the Public Prosecutor’s Office confirms, beyond any doubt, that there was no shooting in the area where Shireen was, except for the Israeli occupation forces shooting directly at her.

“The Israeli occupation forces’ investigation which concluded that there was no suspicion of any crime was undermined by the available evidence that has now been submitted to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The evidence shows that this premeditated killing was part of a broader campaign to target and silence Al Jazeera,” the network added.

Abu Akla’s family also filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court earlier this year to demand justice for her death, Al Jazeera reported.

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