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Lawyer Jude Sabio from the Philippines holds a 77-page file outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, April 24, 2017. Sabio presented the file to prosecutors and asked to investigate his country's president Rodrigo Duterte for crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
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Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths

Lawyer Jude Sabio from the Philippines holds a 77-page file outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, April 24, 2017. Sabio presented the file to prosecutors and asked to investigate his country's president Rodrigo Duterte for crimes against humanity for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Filipino lawyer has presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he says contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects.

Lawyer Jude Sabio presented a 77-page file outlining the allegations to prosecutors Monday morning.

The court receives many such communications about alleged crimes from around the world and prosecutors are not obliged to open preliminary investigations based on them. However, Sabio’s filing comes after ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said last year that she was “deeply concerned” by reports of killings in the Philippines.

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