From Press TV ➤ disappointment for Israel as the ICC slaps down Australian request for no investigation of Israeli atrocities.
Australia's argument that the court has no jurisdiction to conduct the investigation is "misled and unfounded", the court said on Saturday.
Under the Israeli lobbying, the Australian government in February filed a request to intervene in proceedings at the ICC, arguing that the court lacked jurisdiction to conduct an investigation because Palestine was "not a state".
ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda dismissed the challenge as she chastised "misinformation and smear campaigns" which she said would not change facts about the conduct of the court.
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