The Prosecutor General’s Office Of Ukraine plans to transfer the evidence of war crimes committed by former DNR Defense Minister Ihor Girkin (Strelkov) to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Court, reports Uawire.
Among the evidence is a video of an interview of Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Gordon with Ihor Girkin, LB.ua reports citing a source in the Prosecutor General’s Office.
“The Office of the Prosecutor General plans to provide the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Court with evidence of the involvement of Girkin and his accomplices in the war. In fact, Girkin for the first time personally confirmed that he was aware of the accusations of Dutch prosecutors of the crime and the beginning of the trial in this case. He did this publicly during the conversation. This fact can be used by Dutch prosecutors during the trial as proof that Girkin was informed that he has the right to protection from criminal charges against him,” the source said.
In particular, Girkin is suspected of involvement in the flight of flight MH17 Malaysia Airlines, which killed 298 people.
The Office of the Prosecutor General notes that in its practice, the International Criminal Court uses video interviews and other media as evidence in the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In addition, both Girkin and former Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonska confirmed in an interview that they were aware of the criminal prosecution against them in Ukraine, which could be used during special pre-trial and trial proceedings. And also in case of an appeal against the verdict to the European Court of Human Rights.
Earlier, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine called Dmytro Gordon’s interview with Natalia Poklonska and Ihor Girkin “valuable information”.