Ecuador proposes regional International Criminal Court to combat cross border crime

Posted on November 19, 2013 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Organized Crime reported that Ecuador proposes to create an International Criminal Court as part of the regional trade bloc Union of South American Nations (Unasur). The proposal was made by Ecuadoran Attorney General Galo Chiriboga on Monday at the opening of the 21st General Assembly of the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors, being held in Ecuador’s capital Quito.The assembly, which will last until Wednesday, seeks to strengthen cooperation in fighting against organized crime and related offences.

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“One of Ecuador’s goals is to encourage the possibility of creating a criminal court for Unasur,” Chiriboga said, adding the initiative “does not signify the penal failure of (member) countries, on the contrary, it is progress”.

According to Chiriboga, the sovereignty of member countries would not be undermined by the International Criminal Court, since the it “would lead the way to having tribunals and much broader jurisdiction.” Read Article

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