Latvia will collect witness statements from Ukrainians

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The State and society of Latvia provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and are also preparing to provide legal aid. The Prosecutor General's office will gather evidence from Ukrainian residents in Latvia about the war crimes witnessed, Latvian Television reported March 14.

Many of the refugees from Ukraine who are currently seeking asylum in Latvia are very likely to have witnessed war crimes. In order not to lose these statements, the Prosecutor General's Office will collect them for submission to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The President of Latvia, Egils Levits, agreed on this Monday during a meeting with representatives of the justice and foreign affairs sectors.

“The prosecutor's office will take testimony from people witnessing war crimes in Ukraine. They will accordingly be formatted and handed over to investigators at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Because, of course, not every story counts as a testimony in such a process. It is therefore very important to format it. This is what our prosecutor's office will do and send it to the investigator,” Levits said.

The International Criminal Court has already launched an investigation into Russian war crimes, and a group of its investigators have traveled to Ukraine.

In addition, Ukraine has also lodged a complaint at the UN International Court. Latvia has decided to join it as a third party.

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