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Pope could face International Criminal Court charges


A US academic has claimed that the International Criminal Court's definition of "crimes against humanity" is vague enough to try the Pope for his stand on issues such as abortion and homosexuality.

Dr Richard G. Wilkins, Professor of Law at Brigham Young University in Utah and former Assistant to the US Solicitor General told the Canadian LifeSite prolife news service that the ICC could eventually be used to try "the Pope or other religious leaders" since issues such as abortion and homosexuality would inevitably fall within the ICC's jurisdiction.

Wilkins suggests that the possibility of the ICC's being abused in this fashion is the result of the ICC's troublesome regulations. "It currently is without sufficient checks and balances. It has the most powerful prosecutor ever with the vaguest criminal statute passed anywhere. The ICC leaves open to total discretion of the prosecutor and the court the determining of what the 'crimes' mean."

"Despite the best intentions of the Court founders," Wilkins warns in a recently published paper on the ICC, "the Rome Statute transfers a vast amount of decision making authority from previously sovereign nations to an international court that will be remote (and unable to be controlled by or accountable) to the diverse peoples and cultures of the world."

LINKS
"Ramifications of The International Criminal Court for War,Peace And Social Change" (Prof. Richard G. Wilkins)
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

SOURCE
Lifesite


14-Feb-02