This is the ICC as you’ve never seen it before. They’ve even got guns.
Whilst the ICC doubtless needs its profile around the world, and whilst Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the former prosecutor, might have fancied packing a .38 himself, I’m not totally convinced that this is the best publicity the ICC could have hoped for.
In fact, I’m decidedly unconvinced.
Crossing Lines is a fictional drama series about international justice, with apparently no connection to the ICC that I write daily about. It premiered last week on the NBC network in America.
The ICC needs countries like America to lend a hand at capturing fugitives that have still not been apprehended, and this means that the public has to get behind international justice.
But throwing out a wildly inaccurate dramatisation, particularly in a country where misunderstandings are already rife, does the cause no favours whatsoever.
How on Earth was this drama allowed to be made?
(I should add, at this point, that I contacted the German-based producers of this film and invited them to speak to me about it; but they declined the opportunity. They also refused to show me any further footage of the drama – and I’m still waiting for it to be screened in The Hague).