Russian investigators gathering evidence of war crimes in South Ossetia

Russia's Investigations Committee under the Prosecutor-General’s Office (SKP) is gathering evidence of war crimes committed by Georgian authorities in South Ossetia for Russian and international probes, SKP chairman Alexander Bastrykin told Vesti FM radio on Wednesday.

"We're gathering proofs on this account both for an investigation by Russia and possible handover to international bodies," Bastrykin said.

He confirmed that "international law and conventions envision such an investigation against those who committed these crimes," with heads of states being no exception.

"We know examples from recent history," he added.

A group of 100 investigators is working in South Ossetia at present. "They receive full support both on the part of local authorities and the Russian military command.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 13Aug08]

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