It is the largest investigative team that the International Criminal Court has ever sent, as chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced in The Hague on Tuesday. The team included investigators and forensic experts. According to the prosecution, the Netherlands had provided some of the experts.
The experts should interview witnesses, secure and analyze evidence and support national investigators in securing evidence and evidence. In addition, the team will also work with French forensic experts who are already in Ukraine. The prosecution said that the work of all those involved in the conflict area had to be effectively coordinated.
According to the prosecution, the investigations in Ukraine are supported by numerous states. 21 states wanted to make experts available, 20 states had promised financial resources.
After the invasion of Russia, the International Criminal Court had already opened investigations into alleged war crimes. The court, based in The Hague, prosecutes lone perpetrators for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Russia does not recognize the court. Ukraine, however, has expressly recognized the court’s jurisdiction over its territory.