Spying, hacking and intimidation: Israel’s nine-year ‘war’ on the ICC exposed

Exclusive: Investigation reveals how intelligence agencies tried to derail war crimes prosecution, with Netanyahu ‘obsessed’ with intercepts

Harry DaviesBethan McKernan and Yuval Abraham in Jerusalem and Meron Rapoportin Tel AvivTue 28 May 2024 13.00 BSTShare

When the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) announced he was seeking arrest warrantsagainst Israeli and Hamas leaders, he issued a cryptic warning: “I insist that all attempts to impede, intimidate or improperly influence the officials of this court must cease immediately.”

Karim Khan did not provide specific details of attempts to interfere in the ICC’s work, but he noted a clause in the court’s foundational treaty that made any such interference a criminal offence. If the conduct continued, he added, “my office will not hesitate to act”.

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