Venezuela rejects ICC prosecutor's decision to resume human rights investigation

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CARACAS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela's authorities rejected connected Saturday a determination by the authoritative of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to resume an probe into alleged quality rights violations by the South American country's officials.

On Tuesday, ICC Prosecutor Karim Kham applied for authorization to proceed the probe aft helium had received "a important magnitude of accusation provided by Venezuela to date, arsenic good arsenic different credible sources".

But the Venezuelan authorities pushed back.

In a statement, it called Kham's imaginativeness "prejudiced" and vowed "to support the information and show the productive enactment of the authorities successful the probe of each the complaints of superior crimes against people" successful the pre-trial chamber.

"It is particularly worrying that the ICC prosecutor's petition is fundamentally based connected secondary sources lacking immoderate credibility," the authorities said successful a connection published connected the overseas ministry's authoritative Twitter account.

It besides accused the probe of "marked bias and wide politicization, to the detriment of the rigor expected from an planetary instance."

The ICC had started a preliminary probe successful 2018; Khan said successful March that helium would unfastened an bureau successful the Venezuelan superior Caracas.

Reporting by Mayela Armas; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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