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Georgia to Push for Broader ICC Inquiry into 2008 War with Russia

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrived in Georgia on October 16 to test the ground for a pending investigation into what she “reasonably believes” are war crimes committed during the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia. The list includes the mass expulsion of ethnic Georgians from the war’s main battleground, separatist South Ossetia.

“The goal of this examination is to carefully assess whether or not as a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court I should proceed with an investigation of alleged crimes committed during the [2008] conflict,” Bensouda told a briefing in Tbilisi.

Her office’s preliminary probe already has “identified war crimes and crimes against humanity that the court has the powers to prosecute; in particular, the killing, displacement and prosecution of ethnic Georgian civilians and and destruction and pillaging of their property by South Ossetian forces, with possible participation of Russian forces.”

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