War crimes: Kiev could hand over Russians to International Criminal Court
Ukraine could hand over Russian war crimes suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague if it cannot be tried in Ukraine for legal reasons, the court’s lawyer said on Thursday. Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, is not a member of the ICC, which was created in 2002 to try those accused of some of the world’s worst atrocities, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The ICC launched its own investigation into the war in Ukraine soon after Russia invaded, but said Ukraine was keen to bring suspects to justice if possible. Karim Khan, a lawyer at the International Criminal Court, did not say when the ICC would bring its first charges, saying he was waiting until then. “Evidence Sufficient”. “We are moving forward, we are focused, but I will make announcements in due course”He declared.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said during a press conference that the Ukrainian judiciary has already sentenced ten people for crimes committed during the Russian invasion. Ukraine plans to file war crimes charges for Russian attacks in Kyiv and other cities this week, Kostin said. Meanwhile, Romania said it has joined an international investigative team to investigate war crimes in Ukraine, which already includes Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia, along with the European judicial agency Eurojust and the ICC.
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