«Following recent media reports and enquiries from the public, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court provides the following clarifying information on its determination regarding a communication received in relation to the situation in Egypt.
On 13 December 2013, lawyers acting on behalf of, among others, the Freedom and Justice Party (“the applicants”), submitted to the Registrar of the ICC (“ICC” or the “Court”) documents seeking to accept the exercise of jurisdiction by the ICC pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute (“Statute”) with respect to alleged crimes committed on the territory of the State of Egypt from 1 June 2013. The Registrar subsequently transmitted these documents to the Office of the Prosecutor. The Office also received additional information from and held meetings with the applicants’ lawyers.
After a rigorous factual and legal analysis of the communication and additional information received from the applicants, the Office of the Prosecutor determined that the purported declaration submitted to the Registrar on 13 December 2013, was not submitted, as a matter of international law, by any person with the requisite authority or bearing “full powers” to represent the State of Egypt for the purpose of expressing the consent of that State to the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court. In short, the applicants lacked locus standi to seize the Court’s jurisdiction pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute. …»