Jerusalem24 – The family of activist Nizar Banat announced today, Thursday, the filing of a lawsuit before the European courts against the Palestinian Authority for his murder last June.
Ghassan Banat, Nizar’s brother, told the German News Agency that they had taken actual steps to internationalize the file of his assassination, including going to European courts to hold those responsible for the death accountable.
Banat explained that they had submitted an official request to the British police to open an investigation into the death of Nizar at the hands of the Palestinian Authority, according to the principle of universal jurisdiction, which grants the UK police the authority to investigate crimes against international law even if the crime did not occur in the kingdom’s lands and regions.
He stated that lawyers from the British law firm “Stoke White” submitted a global complaint to the London police, demanding an investigation by them into the file of Nizar’s assassination.
He added that they had asked the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and four United Nations special rapporteurs to open an independent investigation into Nizar’s assassination, and they held all members of the Palestinian senior leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, responsible for his death.
Banat confirmed that the family is also in the process of applying to the International Criminal Court against the Palestinian Authority.
43-year-old Political activist, Nizar Banat, was killed during his arrest by Palestinian security personnel on June 24th. His family spoke of him being assassinated by beatings and severe torture, while a medical report confirmed that he was beaten and that his death was unnatural.