‘ICC weighing Duterte complaint’

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MANILA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said yesterday. The complaint, which says Mr Duterte is complicit in the illegal deaths of thousands of Filipinos during his war on drugs, was “a waste of the court’s time and resources” and the examination would be the end of the process, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. Mr Roque said he had discussed the ICC issue for two hours the previous night with Mr Duterte, a former prosecutor, adding that the president more than willing to face trial. “He’s sick and tried of being accused,” said Mr Roque, an international law expert. “He wants to be in court and put the prosecutor on the stand.”

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