The investigation of war crimes committed in the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula is a priority for the Prosecutor's Office, the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Ctimea Gyunduz Mamedov said during the meeting on the results of the work of the department for the first half of the year.
“The status of the occupied territory provides that everything that happens there must be regulated under certain international legal acts. And the violation of these acts, namely the Geneva Convention of 1949 and the Hague Regulations of 1907, fall under the qualification of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of war), therefore, we have registered a corresponding criminal case on the application of People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev,” Gunduz Mamedov said.
The case covers investigations in violations of human rights and freedoms (murder, kidnapping, torture, unauthorized searches), illegal "nationalization" and embezzlement of property, forced conscription into the military formations of the occupant country, changes in citizenship and a number of other crimes.
“These are war crimes, that is, those that are considered by the International Criminal Court (ICC). In cases when our national mechanisms do not allow bringing those responsible to justice, we forward the collected evidence to the ICC," the Prosecutor said.
At the same time, according to Gunduz Mamedov, the Prosecutor's Office of the ARC cooperates with public organizations:
“In order not to duplicate the work, we recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Prosecutor's Office of the ARC and Ugspl [the Ukrainian Helsinki Union for Human Rights - Ed.], including the joint formation of the evidence base for the ICC," he said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea called on witnesses to inform about violations of the rights of convicted and imprisoned people in the Crimea in connection with the investigation of Russia's violation of international humanitarian law on the territory of the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula.