Operation Python Dance: ICC receives Nigerian journalist’s petition

The International Criminal Court has acknowledged receipt of a petition by a Nigerian journalistpetition, Ahaoma Oji Kanu, on the alleged atrocities of the Nigerian Army during Operation Python Dance in the South-East.

Kanu had written the ICC, detailing various alleged acts of torture, extra-judicial killings and sundry human rights abuses by the army under the military campaign against the Independent Peoples of Biafra.

He attached documents, photographs and videos to the letter.

Acknowledging receipt of the petition, the Head of Information and Prosecution, Office of the Prosecutor, , Mark Dillion, said: “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter.

“This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We
will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of
the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“Please note this acknowledgement letter does not mean an investigation has been opened, nor that an investigation will be opened by the Office of the Prosecutor.

“As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you with reasons for this decision.”



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