The US supports a special tribunal for Russian war crimes

Bucha, Ukraine / Photo: Free Press - Kristina Atovska

The US State Department supports the development of an "international tribunal" to prosecute Russian war crimes in the invasion of Ukraine, it said. Beth Van Schaack, US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, announced “Reuters".

"Again now, at this critical moment in history, I am pleased to announce that the United States supports the development of an internationalized tribunal dedicated to prosecuting the crime of aggression against Ukraine." Although a number of models are under consideration and have been carefully analyzed, we believe that an internationalized court that is rooted in Ukraine's justice system, but which also includes international elements, will provide the clearest path to establishing a new Tribunal and maximizing our chances of achieving significant responsibility," she said in her remarks at a conference at Catholic University in Washington yesterday.

According to Van Schack, such a court could have "significant international elements in the form of substantive law, personnel, sources of information and structure."

"It could also be located elsewhere in Europe, at least initially, to strengthen Ukraine's desired European orientation, give gravitas to the initiative and enable international involvement, including through Eurojustice," she said.

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