The International Criminal Court in The Hague studying the case file on Russia’s crimes in the occupied Crimea may take up to three years, a "Human Rights Information Center" activist Nikolay Mirnyi said in an interview with ZN.UA.
According to him, Ukraine should take into account the fact that the investigation into the Russian-Georgian conflict has lasted for eight years, due to the passive attitude of the Georgian authorities in court among the other reasons. Mirnyi stressed that the Attorney's office in The Hague has no time limits in the proceedings of a case.
In turn, Chairman of the European Committee against Torture Nikolay Gnatovsky notes Ukraine delaying the procedure to enter the organization of international law.
“We are again in the position of an object, instead of being an active subject. If we were a member of the ICC, we would immediately referred the matter to the Public Prosecutor and as a minimum could save time at the stage of preliminary investigation,” Gnatovsky said.
Ukraine will be able to return to the issue of joining the organization of International Law only after three years, because, according to President Poroshenko, the adoption of ratifying the Rome Statute, necessary for the ICC member countries, requires a change in the Constitution, which will be agreed over three years.
During a meeting with the Crimean prosecutor of December 10, General Prosecutor of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko expressed hope that the case on the repression in the Russia-annexed Crimea will be referred to the international court in early 2017.