In Defence Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, CFI Officer Mary Robinson MP asked the UK Government what steps it is taking to support Israel against the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s investigation into the country.
The Conservative MP for Cheadle said that the ICC’s announcement that it is opening an investigation into Israel “sets a precedent, potentially opening the door for non-state actors in Afghanistan or Iraq to initiate proceedings against our armed forces”.
She asked what steps the UK is taking “to support Israel against this probe and to ensure that democratic states will not be prevented from combating terrorist threats?”
Defence Minister James Heappey said Mrs Robinson was “right to ask about the actions of the ICC”.
“We of course respect the independence of the ICC, but we expect it to exercise due prosecutorial and judicial discipline. We continue to engage with the ICC and international partners to make those points”, he added.