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International court sends large team of investigators to Ukraine

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sent a team of 42 experts to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes that have been carried out in the country.

Amsterdam, 17 May 2022 (dpa/MIA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sent a team of 42 experts to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes that have been carried out in the country.

It is the largest team of investigators ever sent by the ICC, Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan announced in The Hague on Tuesday. The team includes investigators and forensic experts, some of whom were provided by the Netherlands, according to the prosecution.

The experts are to interview witnesses, secure and analyse evidence and support national investigators in securing evidence.

In addition, the team is also to work together with French forensic experts who are already in Ukraine. The work of all those involved in the conflict area must be effectively coordinated, the prosecution said.

After Russia’s invasion, the ICC had already opened investigations into alleged war crimes. The court, based in The Hague, prosecutes individual perpetrators for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Russia does not recognize the court. Ukraine, however, has explicitly recognized the court’s jurisdiction over its basic territory.

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