International Criminal Court might open office in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Crimean prosecutor insists that ICC initiates an investigation into the crimes of Russian senior officials
16:30, 24 October 2018

Ukrainian News

The International Criminal Court (ICC) could open its office in Ukraine to investigate war crimes committed by senior officials of the Russian Federation and occupation authorities of the Crimea. The prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Gyunduz Mamedov announced this information, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.

He informed that starting from 2017, the Crimean Prosecutor's Office, using its own resources, investigates violations of international law in the Crimea. The Ukrainian courts prosecute suspects in committing crimes against the national security of Ukraine.

At the same time, Mamedov said, investigation of a number of crimes is within the competence of the ICC.

Investigation of crimes committed by persons with diplomatic and political immunities is beyond the competence of Ukrainian law enforcement bodies.

"I think that senior officials of the Russian Federation and the occupation authorities with diplomatic and political immunities, should be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court," he said.

Related: Over 1,200 crimes committed in Donbas since conflict began, - ICC

In this regard, the Prosecutor General of the Crimea insists on the need to open an ICC office in Ukraine and initiate an investigation into these crimes.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine submitted information on Battle of Ilovaisk to ICC.

The Ukrainian militaries controlled the major part of Ilovaisk on August 18, 2014. But they were enveloped after the invasion of the Russian troops on August 23-24. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin appealed to the Russia-backed militants to make the humanitarian corridor for the Ukrainian troops on August 29. The Ukrainian militaries began to leave the city on August 30 but the militants shot them. According to the Ministry of Defense, 108 Ukrainian soldiers died and more than 100 were injured and captivated. According to the Military Attorney, 366 militaries died and 429 were injured.

Related: Ukraine’s MFA urges UN to support ICC investigating Russian aggression against Ukraine

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