The family of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photographer killed in Afghanistan last year has filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking an investigation into his murder.
NEW DELHI – The family of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photographer killed in Afghanistan last year filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to investigate his murder and bring the Taliban’s top leadership to justice for “war crimes”. “
Siddiqui worked for the Reuters News Service and joined the Afghan Special Forces in July last year when he was killed while fighting a commando unit to control a spin-off at the border between southern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The family alleges that several media reports, including Reuters, quoted Siddiqui as being captured by the Taliban and later executed. The complaint further states that his body was mutilated while in the custody of the party.
Last year, a Taliban spokesman denied that Siddiqui had been killed by the group and that his body had been mutilated in their custody.
Lawyer Avi Singh, who represents Siddiqui’s family, said the allegations were aimed at prosecuting at least six high-ranking Taliban leaders and high-ranking commanders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He said the complaint was sent by Siddiqui’s parents to ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan and its Victim and Witness Unit.
“The Taliban targeted Danish and killed him because he was a journalist and an Indian. It is an international crime. In the absence of the rule of law in Afghanistan, the ICC has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the Danish killings, “said Singh.
He said the family would also seek the support of the Indian government for an independent and impartial inquiry into Siddiqui’s murder.
India is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty established by the International Criminal Court.
Omar Siddiqui, brother of the slain journalist, said, “It is important to seek justice.
Siddiqui, 38, and his colleagues have been honored with the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, which judges say is a “striking picture of the world facing the violence of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.”