ICJ Prosecutor Khan says 42 investigators will visit Ukraine
“Next week, 42 investigators will be sent to Ukraine. This is the largest shipment my institution has ever undertaken,” he said.
Karim Khan noted that 30 investigators are seconded by the Dutch government, among them forensic experts and analysts. The prosecutor assured that the ICC does not take the side of Russia or the side of Ukraine. He stressed that the first thing to do is to investigate the facts and establish the truth.
Khan said the International Criminal Court has a cooperation agreement with a joint investigation team formed by Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. The ICC will be able to access shared documents, but is not going to fully disclose its own documentation, as it is obliged to monitor the actions of all parties to the conflict, he added.
March 16 President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky declaredthat the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court arrived in the country. The head of state also said that an investigation team of the ICC prosecutor’s office had begun work in Ukraine. Investigators, he argues, have already begun collecting data on alleged war crimes.
In the Kremlin emphasizedthat Russia is not a member of the ICC, and therefore the country has no obligation to comply with its decisions.