Slutsky: the investigation of the ICC will not add new conclusions about the events in South Ossetia 2008


MOSCOW, October 8. Investigation of the International criminal court (ICC) in the Hague is unlikely to add anything new to the already made conclusions about the events in South Ossetia in 2008. Such opinion was voiced on Thursday to journalists by the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Leonid Slutsky.

“Therefore, it is not clear the motivation as to why now the ICC has decided to return to the situation in Tskhinval,” – said the Deputy. He also expressed the hope that “there will be no partisanship and political component in the activities of the International criminal court on the events in South Ossetia”.

At the same time, the MP reminded that “the events in South Ossetia on 8 August 2008 in detail were investigated by the special EU mission led by Heidi Tagliavini”. “The impartiality and professionalism of this mission there was no doubt in anyone’s world before. And that its report, published in 2009, gave the world a true picture of what happened in South Ossetia that the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili started the aggression in Tshinvale and not Russia attacked the “little Georgia” – said Slutsky.

The head of the Committee also indicated that Russia is not under the jurisdiction of the International criminal court, because Moscow has not ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC.

The international criminal court (ICC) on Thursday announced the start of the investigation of the conflict in South Ossetia in 2008. “There is reason to believe that on the territory of Georgia in the context of the armed conflict in August 2008 the crimes were committed that fall under the jurisdiction of the court”, said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.