Ex-UN prosecutor urges world arrest warrant for Putin

GENEVA (AP) — The former chief prosecutor of United Nations war crimes tribunals for the previous Yugoslavia and Rwanda has referred to as for an global arrest warrant to be issued for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Putin is a war felony,” Carla Del Ponte told the Swiss newspaper Le Temps in an interview revealed Saturday.

In interviews given to Swiss media to mark the launch of her newest ebook, the Swiss attorney who oversaw U.N. investigations in Rwanda and the previous Yugoslavia stated there were being apparent war crimes remaining fully commited in Ukraine.

She claimed she was notably stunned by the use of mass graves in Russia’s war on Ukraine, which recalls the worst of the wars in the previous Yugoslavia.

“I hoped never ever to see mass graves yet again,” she advised the newspaper Blick. “These dead folks have loved kinds who really don’t even know what is turn out to be of them. That is unacceptable.”

Other war crimes she discovered in Ukraine included assaults on civilians, the destruction of civilian buildings and even the demolishing of complete villages.

She claimed the investigation in Ukraine would be simpler than that in Yugoslavia because the region by itself had asked for an worldwide probe. The present ICC main prosecutor, Karim Khan, frequented Ukraine previous thirty day period.

If the ICC finds proof of war crimes, she explained, “you must go up the chain of command till you get to those who took the conclusions.”

She stated it would be feasible to deliver even Putin to account.

“You mustn’t let go, carry on to investigation. When the investigation into Slobodan Milosevic started, he was nevertheless president of Serbia. Who would have believed then that he would 1 working day be judged? No person,” she told Blick.

Del Ponte included that investigations must be carried out into possible war crimes fully commited by equally sides, pointing also to stories about the alleged torture of some Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian forces.


This tale corrects Del Ponte’s title to chief prosecutor of U.N. war crimes tribunals.


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