The British Foreign Secretary has told the Ukraine that she is “open to the idea of a tribunal” trying Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders over their crimes during the ongoing Ukraine war.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) have now called on all member states to “urgently” set up an ad-hoc international tribunal.
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The mandate for this international tribunal will be to “investigate and prosecute the crime of aggression allegedly committed by the political and military leadership of the Russian Federation.”
The proposed tribunal should be based in Strasbourg which could have “possible synergies” with the European Court of Human Rights.
It is most likely that Putin and his cronies would be tried in their absence and the assembly must also have the power to issue international arrest warrants which must not be limited to state immunity.
Liz Truss was asked on Times Radio by the Ukrainian MP Alexey Goncharenko if the UK will back the assembly’s proposal for a tribunal, she said, “Well, we are very clear that Putin and all of those who’ve been behind the appalling war crimes that are being committed in Ukraine need to be held to account, and we’re working very closely with the ICC.
“We’ve sent support into Ukraine to help collect evidence, from witness statements to video evidence.
“I’ve talked to the Ukrainian government about this idea of a tribunal.
“We are open to the idea of a tribunal, we’re currently considering it, but what we want is the most effective way of prosecuting those people who have committed these appalling war crimes including rape, sexual violence, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians.
“If the tribunal will help to do that, then the UK is definitely considering supporting it.”