“If Ukraine wants to use the weapon of law, it has to be perfect,” warns lawyer

“This trial must take place in a fair, exemplary, transparent manner”, underlines Reed Brody, member of the International Commission of Jurists, while a young Russian soldier is tried from Wednesday in kyiv for “war crime”. .

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“Ukraine wants to oppose the law, the law, to weapons. If Ukraine wants to use the weapon of law, it must be used really to perfection”, warns Wednesday, May 18 on franceinfo Reed Brody, member of the International Commission of Jurists, specialist in the defense of human rights. The first war crime trial since the Russian invasion opens in kyiv on Wednesday of a 21-year-old Russian soldier who killed an unarmed civilian early in the war.

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“This trial must take place in a fair, exemplary and transparent manner. This is one of the most important trials because it will give an idea of ​​how Ukrainian justice can work at the moment.”, continues Reed Brody. But he is surprised at the choice of this first trial, “the case of a little soldier”. “He admitted facts, but the facts are that he received orders. This is not a case that is obvious. What was his obligation?”he continues.

The jurist recalls that kyiv has identified “12,000 cases” of alleged war crimes and that “41 investigators from the International Criminal Court will be sent”.

“Never in time of war have we had so many investigations at the same time.”

Reed Brody, American lawyer, specializing in the defense of victims of dictatorial regimes

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“When it comes to heads of state, international justice will have to intervene, because incumbent heads of state enjoy immunity”, recalls the lawyer. However, he notes “that there is always hypocrisy in international justice”. He mentions the EUnited States, which opposed investigations at the time of its military intervention in Afghanistan, but which now “kiss” this international justice.

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