The ICC directed the first statement of the victims of the events in South Ossetia 2008


MOSCOW, November 16. The project “Legal initiative in Russia” (PIR) sent to the international criminal court (ICC) in the Hague, the statements of the victims of war crimes committed during the Georgian-South Ossetian armed conflict of 2008. In the materials submitted to the ICC, describes the crimes allegedly committed by the Georgian side.

“Just enjoyed 18 performances with the South Ossetian side. 18 people who wrote it are 20 victims of the conflict: his relatives, someone- themselves,” – said the lawyer Diana Costin.

October 13, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked judges of the ICC with a request to authorize the initiation of an investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the period from 1 July to 10 October 2008 in connection with the armed conflict in Georgia. The ICC pointed out the right of victims to submit a presentation to the judges about what happened to them or their relatives.

Testimonies of victims

“Feast” has begun work with the victims back in 2008, when she defended their interests in the ECHR, now began collecting submissions to the judges of the ICC from victims residing in the territory of South Ossetia.

In “feast” excerpted submitted to the ICC evidence: on August 9, a man traveled with his parents by car from Tskhinvali not to get under fire. But the car fired, the mother died on the spot, a young man and his father were injured. “My father got out of the car and crawled in the field, the soldiers shot at us and chased. I ran into a thicket and tried to hide, came up to me in Georgian military uniform and shot at me twice, but missed. I pretended to be dead. The military stuck me to the leg and a grenade made a “stretch”. I was able to remove only in the morning.”

“In the night of 7 to 8 August in the parents’ home hit by a shell. Father died from blood loss, he get blown off leg, the mother suffered multiple burns and died in hospital, house burned down”; “August 8, at the brother was hit by a shell, he died on the spot. Near our house there were no military objects, the brother was not military or a militia, was dressed in civilian clothes, left a son 8 years” – said in a statement.

In addition, the feast in the appeal to the international court was urged to extend the time frame of the investigation to October 16, 2008, as some of the crimes described in the statements occurred after the active hostilities, but had a direct connection with the conflict. For example, three people are missing October 13, 2008. According to eyewitnesses, they were detained by the Georgian side, no one knows anything about the fate of these people.

The investigation of crimes committed during the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict in August 2008, will be the first investigation of the International criminal court beyond Africa.

According to Kostina, the timing of consideration of the submissions of the ICC is not yet known. “Basically, depends on the situation,” she said.

The events in August 2008

In the night of 7 to 8 August, Georgia had committed an armed attack on South Ossetia. Russia has risen on protection of the civilian population and our peacekeepers, enforcing peace in the region since 1992. As a result of the five-day war killed more than a thousand people, of which 72 – Russian soldiers. On 26 August 2008 Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia.