Netherlands to send criminologists to Ukraine

24 October 2022, 08:24 PM
Forensic experts from the Netherlands to work in places of mass graves in Ukraine (Photo:Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

Forensic experts from the Netherlands to work in places of mass graves in Ukraine (Photo:Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

On direction from the International Criminal Court (ICC), another team of Dutch forensic experts will be dispatched to Ukraine to help investigate Russian war crimes, Dutch news outlet NOS reported on Oct. 24.

The group will be led by Officer Angelo Waters, of the Royal Military Police.

They will visit mass grave sites in liberated Ukrainian territories. Experts will conduct DNA tests and study digital traffic that could help establish responsibility for war crimes committed during the Russian occupation. Findings will be submitted to the ICC for later use in court proceedings.

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ICC representatives and the UN International Commission are also working in Ukraine to assist in the investigation of apparent war crimes committed by invading Russian forces.

On April 2, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan opened an investigation into the situation in Ukraine, following a corresponding appeal form 39 of the ICC members.

On April 14, Khan visited Bucha in Kyiv Oblast, where Russian troops tortured and massacred civilians.

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