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Myanmar cannot be trusted to put its own soldiers on trial - Gambia

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Published on December 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:15s

Myanmar cannot be trusted to put its own soldiers on trial - Gambia

Myanmar cannot be trusted to hold its soldiers accountable for alleged atrocities against its Rohingya Muslim minority, and measures to stop the violence need to be taken immediately, a lawyer presenting a genocide case against it said on Thursday.

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Myanmar cannot be trusted to put its own soldiers on trial - Gambia

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Speaking on the third and final day of hearings at the International Court of Justice in the case brought by Gambia under the 1948 Genocide Convention, the west African country's lead lawyer, Paul Reichler, repeated its demand for "provisional measures" to restrain the Myanmar military until the case is heard in full.

Reichler said Myanmar had not even tried during the hearings to deny most of the accusations of extreme violence made against its military, known officially as the Tatmadaw, nor of the mass deportation of Rohingya following a 2017 crackdown.

Gambia's attorney Abubacarr Marie Tambadou maintained there was evidence of genocidal acts against the Rohingya, adding that the case is now "in the hands of the court."

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