ICC war crime requests for Syria untimely- Russian official

West Australian
Tuesday 19th February, 2013

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A senior Russian official indicated on Tuesday that Moscow would not immediately back calls to refer suspected war criminals in Syria to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.United Nations investigators said on Monday that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals should face the ICC.But Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, whose country is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, told a news conference that this was “not the path we should follow … at this stage it would be untimely and unconstructive.”Because Syria is not party to …

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