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Special judge appointed by siege states voted against them: Khulaifi

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Dr Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Khulaifi, a representative of Qatar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), has described as a rare instance the ruling given by the UN top court in favour of Qatar regarding the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in considering the Qatari complaint in the airspace blockade issue.
Dr Al Khulaifi said the ruling was unanimous by the members of the tribunal, including the special judge appointed by the blockading countries. In a rare instance, the special judge voted against the blockading states that appointed him. “This is a sign of the insignificance of these defences and their lack of credibility in the court of law,” Dr Al Khulaifi told Al Jazeera in an interview.
“As you know, Qatar has submitted its complaint to this organisation concerned with deciding civil aviation issues since the beginning of the blockade. The council approved by a majority votes to accept jurisdiction in mid-2018... The blockading countries decided on the basis of Article 84 of the Chicago Agreement and Article II of the (IASTA) agreement on air services for transit, to resume this decision before the ICJ. Today, we are pleased with this decision,” he said.
“We congratulate the government and people of Qatar on this third judicial victory since the beginning of the siege,” he added.