Del Ponte’s cred­i­bil­ity ques­tioned after accus­ing Syr­ian rebels of using sarin

ARA News

Carla Del Ponte, UN inves­ti­ga­tor, claimed on Mon­day that there are evi­dence indi­cat­ing use of chem­i­cal sarin gas by Syria rebels dur­ing the strug­gle against the Assad régime.

Del Ponte stated dur­ing an inter­view with the Swiss TV that there were “strong and con­crete sus­pi­cions” on rebels use of sarin agent, “but not yet incon­tro­vert­ible proof”.

 Although the UN com­mis­sion empha­sized that no con­clu­sive find­ings are reached yet regard­ing the use of sarin gas or the side that resorted to its use dur­ing the ongo­ing con­flict in Syria, Del Ponte issued the con­tro­ver­sial statement.

“Our inves­ti­ga­tors have been in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries inter­view­ing vic­tims, doc­tors and field hos­pi­tals, and accord­ing to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, con­crete sus­pi­cions but not yet incon­tro­vert­ible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the vic­tims were treated,” Del Ponte said.

How­ever, a state­ment by the com­mis­sion said: “Since no con­clu­sive find­ings are reached, the com­mis­sion is not in a posi­tion to fur­ther com­ment on the alle­ga­tions at this time.”

Del Ponte didn’t com­pletely exclude the pos­si­bil­ity of use of chem­i­cal weapons by forces loyal to the régime, but her state­ments to the Swiss TV raised wide con­tro­versy. “I was a lit­tle bit stu­pe­fied by the first indi­ca­tions we got, they were about the use of nerve gas by the oppo­si­tion,” she said.

On the other hand, the lead­er­ship of the Free Syr­ian Army’s rebel forces has rejected Del Ponte’s claim and con­sid­ered her state­ment as a “huge injustice”.

“Del Ponte’s remarks rep­re­sent a huge injus­tice and provo­ca­tion to the Syr­ian peo­ple,” said Saleem Edris, FSA’s chief of staff.

The oppo­si­tions forces of the Syr­ian National Coali­tion declared that a sym­po­sium on the use of chem­i­cal weapons in Syria will be held on Tues­day in order to dis­cuss Del Ponte’s state­ment, with par­tic­i­pa­tion of doc­tor mem­bers of the coali­tion beside lawyers.

Carla Del Ponte’s cred­i­bil­ity is ques­tioned by the Syr­ian oppo­si­tion, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion her for­mer posi­tion as a chief pros­e­cu­tor in UN inter­na­tional crim­i­nal law tribunals. 

Accord­ing to a report pub­lished by The Guardian 18 August 2010,Del Ponte was inves­ti­gated “over claims she allowed the use of bul­ly­ing and brib­ing of wit­nesses, or tainted evidence”.

Source: ARA News-​agencies

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