Name of Afghan General Dostum in documents sent to the ICC

nsnbc : The name of Afghanistan’s First Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum has been included in the documents that have been sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The Court is expected to review the documents in the near future.

Abdul Rashid Dostum_Afghanistan_2017_(archives)Afghan media as well as the BBC’s Afghanistan service report that name of General Abdul Rashid Dostum appears in the documents the International Criminal Court (ICC) would review in the near future.

nsnbc international has not had the opportunity to review the documents so it is, for the time being, impossible to tell whether Dostum is mentioned for his alleged war crimes and whether the documents would provide a basis for an indictment of Dostum by the ICC prosecutors. Dostum is currently residing in Turkey – allegedly for medical reasons. He is accused of grave human rights violations; A charge he has repeatedly rejected.

His office, the office of the First Vice-President of Afghanistan, has not commented on the report so far. A spokesman for the Junbish-e-Millie party, Kanishka Turkistani, had earlier said that the health condition of Gen. Dostum has improved, his medical treatment has concluded along with some other works in Turkey, and he will return to the country soon as there are no barriers available at the moment for his return.

Dostum left the country for Turkey few months earlier amid ongoing controversies regarding his alleged involvement in the sexual abuse of his rival Ahmad Khan Ishchi. This comes as reports emerged nearly five months ago suggesting that Gen. Dostum was returning to Afghanistan but his plane was diverted and was no allowed to land in Balkh airport.

CH/L – nsnbc 03.02.2018

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