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War crimes charges request filed at International Criminal Court against Hamas leader Khaled Meshal

By Mason White 2:23 PM September 3, 2014
Khaled Meshal 

By: Devansh Dutt
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, might soon face war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court, Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, said.

The Israeli civil rights organization filed a petition with the International Criminal Court to open an investigation against Hamas’ chief political bureau in connection with the execution of 38 Palestinians in Gaza, who were accused of being spies and collaborators working for Israel.

Meshal has Jordanian citizenship, which makes it legally possible to prosecute him in the court. “The killing of citizens without trial is a war crime,” Shurat Hadin wrote in the court documents.

Hamas executed 18 people for allegedly helping Israel during Operation Protective Edge. Six of those executed were shot dead in front of a mosque by men in military uniforms.

Another witness saw 11 people shot in a square near the wreckage of the police headquarters in Gaza. A 18th person was shot in front of spectators at a nearby location.

None of those executed had a trial. The executions were condemned by Amnesty International, an international civil rights group.