[Seized on the case of Abdulhamid C., member of the Damascus secret services, arrested in the Paris region and indicted in February 2019 for "complicity in a crime against humanity", the criminal chamber of the Court of Cassation estimated , on November 24, that the French courts are incompetent on the grounds that Syrian law does not specifically sanction crimes against humanity. This judgment narrowly and restrictively interprets the law of August 9, 2010, which transposes into French law the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the concept of universal jurisdiction. France is one of the few European countries to impose this "double criminality" lock.]
Tribune. At the heart of the Paris court, there are men and women who face the worst that man can do. From war crimes to crimes against humanity, they no longer count the stories of pain, the unbearable images, the silent cries of the survivors. These magistrates and these jurists are not historians, they only want to do their job of rendering justice, they apply French law.
The crimes against humanity, war crimes and offenses pole, created in Paris in January 2012, is thus carrying out numerous investigations - more than 160 in 27 countries to date, compared to around twenty at its inception -, initiates trials, develops an active policy of detecting suspects on French territory.