Georgian troops intentionally killed South Ossetian civilians -Bastrykin

The Russian Prosecutor's Office Investigative Committee (POIC) has evidence of the genocide against South Ossetians, said Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin.

"During the inquiry into the facts investigators have found that the Georgian armed forces were targeting houses, schools and hospitals in South Ossetia with intent to kill civilians of Ossetian ethnicity," Bastrykin said at a meeting on the occasion of the POIC first anniversary on Friday.

"These actions led to the mass killing of children, grievous bodily harm among a considerable number of South Ossetians, most of them children, women and the elderly," he said.

Between August 7 and 12 the Georgian authorities acted "against the requirements of the Convention on Genocide of December 9, 1948, and other international legal regulations condemning genocide".

"All this leads to a conclusion that a genocide was committed and the case requires a criminal investigation," Bastrykin said.

"From the very first days we organized the work of collecting and analyzing information on the scene about those killed in South Ossetia," he said.

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 05Sep08]

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