Pentagon doesn’t want to share evidence of Russian war crimes with ICC
The Pentagon is blocking the Biden administration from sharing evidence of Russian war crimes with the international criminal court. A report in the New York Times states the defense department is concerned that assisting The Hague will set a precedent of cooperation, and lead to the possible prosecution of Americans.
But Congress made an exception for this type of cooperation in December, and lawmakers who have been to Ukraine including Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal say America needs to help the court hold war criminals and Vladimir Putin accountable.
Blumenthal: “What they have done, and I visited those mass grave sites in Bucha, is absolutely intolerable to the world community. And we need to put that interest above the immediate concerns that may be motivating the Department of Defense to withhold this evidence.”
American intelligence agencies have reportedly gathered information about Russian officials deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure, and abducting thousands of Ukrainians and forcibly bringing them to Russia.
According to the report, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is objecting to the information sharing and President Biden has yet to make a final decision.
Blumenthal: “I understand the Pentagon’s reluctance to potentially submit evidence and establish a precedent for providing facts that could be damaging to our troops if they were ever brought before a court. But I see no realistic possibility that our troops will ever be facing that kind of a court of justice.”
Journalists at Straight Arrow News are following the accusations of war crimes in Ukraine. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our story that explains how International Criminal Court trials about war crimes accusations can take several years.