Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Parliament in Ukraine Votes to Give Yanukovych ICC Trial

Ukraine’s parliament approved a resolution Tuesday to have deposed President Viktor Yanukovych tried at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Under the motion, approved by 324 deputies in the 450-seat chamber, top officials who have been linked to the killing of protesters in the period from late November through to last week should face prosecution at the tribunal. “The main purpose of this resolution is to ensure an independent investigation and punishment of those responsible of crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” according to a note attached to the motion. The group of politicians that has been running the country since Yanukovych was ousted Saturday by parliamentary decree accuses the former president of direct responsibility in the death of dozens of protesters during clashes with police last week.


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