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New ICC complaint against Jair Bolsonaro unlikely to prosper

After a first attempt was turned down by judges in The Hague, the ABJD is lodging another complaint against Jair Bolsonaro to the ICC, for "crimes against humanity"

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ICC headquarters at The Hague. Photo: Oliver de la Haye/Shutterstock

In April 2020, the Brazilian Association of Legal Experts for Democracy (ABJD) filed  a complaint against President Jair Bolsonaro at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, accusing the head of state of committing “crimes against humanity.” The ABJD said Mr. Bolsonaro “put the lives of the population at risk” by ignoring World Health Organization recommendations on Covid-19, and actively contributing to the spread of the coronavirus in Brazil.

The ICC turned the case down, saying the accusations didn’t fit the description of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, established by the Rome Statute.

But now...

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