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UN genocide expert: Jordan pilot murder is likely war crime

February 6, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief’s special adviser on preventing genocide says the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State terrorist group “most likely constitutes a war crime.”

Adama Dieng issued a joint statement Friday with Jennifer Welsh, the secretary-general’s special adviser on the responsibility to protect civilians in conflict. The statement said the killing of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh is another example of the Islamic extremist group’s “inhumane acts” and “deliberate grave abuse of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

They said Islamic State members “need to know that they will be held accountable for their crimes.”

Al-Kaseasbeh was captured in December after his F-16 crashed into Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Syria. Earlier this week, the militants released a video showing him being burned to death in a cage.

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