The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s office said on Monday, it will seek court approval to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine, days after Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.
Prosecutor Karim Khan said on Friday that the court could investigate alleged crimes arising from the fighting, dating back to 2014, when Ukraine recognised the court’s jurisdiction.
Ukraine has given the ICC authorisation over war crimes and crimes against humanity, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, although neither Russia nor Ukraine are members of the court in The Hague.
“There is a reasonable basis to proceed with opening an investigation,” the statement said.
“In particular, I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to believe that both alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Ukraine.”
“Given the expansion of the conflict in recent days, it is my intention that this investigation will also encompass any new alleged crimes falling within the jurisdiction of my Office that are committed by any party to the conflict on any part of the territory of Ukraine,” it said.
The prosecutor will have to first obtain authorisation from a pre-trial chamber of the court. (Source: The Straits Times)