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International Criminal Court

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals for the amendment of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 to allow those suspected of committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity prior to 2001 to be prosecuted in UK courts. (288835)

I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement on 7 July 2009, Official Report, columns 41-42WS. The statement confirmed that we will bring forward amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill for consideration at Report stage of the Bill. We intend, as far as is permissible under the legal principles applicable to retrospection, to cover the categories of crime of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity from 1 January 1991.