The Syrian Coalition’s legal committee said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has accepted a criminal lawsuit filed by the Coalition against the Assad regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Head of the legal committee Haitham Maleh said that the committee submitted the criminal suit to the ICC’s registration office and the prosecutor’s office against Bashar al-Assad and his brother Maher as well as over 120 high-ranking officials in Assad’s army and security apparatus on late March.
Maleh said the ICC prosecutor’s office initially accepted the suit, adding that the committee is waiting for the suit to be formally accepted so that the ICC begins to call and investigate defendants.
Accepting the suit is a very important step to bring perpetrators of crimes in Syria to justice, Maleh said. He called upon the ICC to seriously consider the suit as this will help the international community to find a just solution in Syria.
Maleh noted that the Assad regime and leaders and heads of his army and security apparatus committed the most horrible war crimes against the Syrian people which gave a free rein to terrorist groups such as the Hezbollah militia, the Iranian-backed militias, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)