International Criminal Court to open investigation into Ukraine crisis – POLITICO

International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan will open an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said. noted Monday evening.

“I have decided to proceed with the initiation of an investigation into the situation in Ukraine, as quickly as possible,” Khan said in a statement posted on the court’s website.

The ICC Attorney General had warned Russia and Ukraine said on Friday that any act of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity could fall within the jurisdiction of the court and could therefore be investigated by its office.

War crimes include the intentional killing of civilians or prisoners of war, torture, sexual violence and pillage.

The opening of an investigation is the next step in an ongoing investigation into the hostilities in eastern Ukraine, for which a preliminary investigation has been concluded at the end of 2020. Khan said the investigation would include “the expansion of the conflict in recent days”, i.e. any additional evidence following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which began Thursday.

Khan had so far not followed up on the preliminary investigation, finalized by his predecessor Fatou Bensouda, citing “the constraints on the operational capacity of the Office given the excessive resources”.

Khan said he would “call for additional budget support, voluntary contributions to support all of our situations and loaning free staff”.

“The importance and urgency of our mission are too serious to be held hostage by the lack of resources,” he said.

Christi C. Elwood