International court opens Ukraine investigation

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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 3:33 PM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says she has opened a preliminary examination into possible humanitarian abuses in Ukraine, following the country's request last week for the court to assume limited jurisdiction.

Ukraine is not a member of the ICC, but on April 17 requested the court examine whether acts committed on its territory from Nov. 21, 2013 to Feb. 22 were crimes.

The Ukrainian parliament has alleged that former President Viktor Yanukovych's government committed humanitarian abuses, including killing 100 people, during a violent crackdown on demonstrators in Kiev. Yanukovych fled to Russia in February.

Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday the Hague court's charter requires her to launch the examination after receiving Ukraine's request. She said the study will consider jurisdiction, admissibility and "the interests of justice."

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