Putin step by step closer to Hague Tribunal

The International Criminal Court is on the verge of investigating Russia’s crimes committed during the armed conflict in Georgia, started in 2008.

9 October 2015 12:52

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal appealed to the court for permission to start a full-fledged investigation of international crimes committed in course of the Russian-Georgian conflict triggered by the Russian Federation in 2008, says a report published on the International Criminal Court’s website.

According to the report, the preliminary investigation of the armed conflict in Georgia began on August 14, 2008.

“Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to presume that the crimes, falling within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, were committed during the armed conflict in Georgia in 2008,” says the statement.

The court also reports that according to the Rome Statute, the prosecutor will soon file an application to the Pre-Trial Chamber to start a full-fledged investigation based on the documents submitted by the prosecution and other supporting evidence.

Since the Pre-Trial Chamber composed of judges from Kenya, Italy and Hungary, Ukraine will be able to verify the possibility of bringing the Russian Federation to justice for committed crimes.