Lagman lumps Duterte with Gaddafi, other infamous leaders


With the start of the investigation by the International Criminal Court against him, President Rodrigo Duterte has joined national leaders and military commanders like Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, who was killed in 2011, a House opposition leader said.

Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman said Duterte is now part of the “worldwide roster of infamous individuals ensnared under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

In a statement, the Magnificent 7 lawmaker listed down six leaders who were “investigated, indicted and/or found guilty” by the ICC:

1. Muammar Gaddafi, “Leader of the Revolution” (de facto head of state) and Commander of the Armed Forces of Libya, who was indicted on June 27, 2011 on two (2) counts of crimes against humanity. He “planned, in conjunction with his inner circle of advisers, a policy of violent oppression of popular uprisings in the early weeks of the Libyan civil war.” Gaddafi was killed in the Libyan City of Sirte on October 20, 2011 and the ICC terminated proceedings against him on November 22, 2011.

2. Laurent Gbagbo, President of Cote d’ Ivoire, who was indicted on November 23, 2011 on four (4) counts of crimes against humanity for having “allegedly organized, along with members of his inner circle, systematic attacks against civilians during post-election violence that began on November 28, 2010”. His trial started on January 28, 2016.

3. Simone Gbagbo, wife of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. She was indicted on February 29, 2012 on four (4) counts of crimes against humanity for having allegedly “co-organized, as a member of her husband’s inner circle of advisers, a policy targeting civilians during post-election violence”. On March 10, 2015, the ICC sentenced her to 20 years imprisonment.

4. Charles Ble Goude, leader of the Congres Panafricain des Jeunes et des Patriotes, “the youth organization that supported Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.” He was indicted on December 21, 2011 on four (4) counts of crimes against humanity. His trial began on 28 January 2016.

5. Dominic Ongwen, allegedly a military commander and a member of the leadership of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed group which has been waging a guerilla campaign since 1987 against the Ugandan government. He was indicted on July 8, 2005 on three (3) counts of crimes against humanity, which were expanded to 34 counts on December 22, 2015. His trial started on December 6, 2016.

6. Germain Katanga, alleged leader of the Front for Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI). He was indicted on July 2, 2007 on three (3) counts of crimes against humanity. On May 23, 2014, Katanga was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

The ICC has reportedly launched a preliminary examination against Duterte for crimes against humanity involving the extrajudicial killing of drug suspects in the Philippines.

Last April 2017, lawyer Jude Sabio, who represents confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Edgar Matobato, filed a complaint with the ICC accusing the President and 11 other officials of committing mass murder against its citizens.

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