ICC: Russian officials will be punished in any case


Russia’s and South Ossetia’s refusal to cooperate with the International Criminal Court will not prevent the investigation of crimes during the 2008 conflict, said the prosecutor of the Hague Court Fatou Bensouda. Despite the fact that Russia has not ratified the Rome Statute that regulates the Court’s activities, Russian officials will be punished in case their guilt is proven.

Here it is necessary to step back and clarify it to those who do not know what that means.

The International Criminal Court began its work in 2002, it is located in the Hague, and it is competent to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It is founded on the basis of the Rome Statute adopted in 1998.

Russia signed the Rome Statute, but has not ratified it. Thus, on the one hand it is involved in its work, but on the other hand it is not a full participant, and has the right not to accept its decisions.

When on January 27 the ICC launched an investigation of war crimes committed in Georgia in 2008, Russia welcomed the decision and demanded to bring Georgia and Saakashvili personally responsible for “aggression”.

However, when it became clear that the ICC considers Russia as the aggressor, not Georgia, Russia said that the ICC does not have the right to carry out that investigation, and its results will not be recognized by Russia.

And now the court responded: “Admit it or not, it does not matter, you will be prosecuted anyway”.

Actually, the course of events surrounding this investigation indicates that Russian officials, as well as the ICC clearly understand what kind of evidence there is on the case, and what kind of decision will be made as a result of the investigation.

Source: shipilov.com


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