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UK assigns war crimes judge to investigate Ukraine violations

A former judge at the International Criminal Court has been appointed by the attorney general to assist the Ukrainian government in investigating war crimes reportedly committed by Russia in Ukraine. Sir Howard Morrison QC will act as an independent adviser to the Ukrainian prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova.

Called to the bar in 1977, Morrison was a circuit judge prior to his appointment to the International Criminal Court and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He acted as a trial judge in the case of the former president of Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic, who was given life imprisonment for genocide.  

Morrison’s latest appointment is funded by the Attorney General’s Office. Earlier this month, Suella Braverman QC, signed a joint statement of support with Ukraine’s prosecutor general, reinforcing the UK’s dedication to assisting the gathering of evidence of crimes which could include war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Braverman stated:  ‘It has been a privilege to work with Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova, my admiration for her courage and determination grows with every meeting. The UK is committed to showing that the atrocities we see being committed day after day in Ukraine will not be forgotten and that those giving or following illegal orders will be tracked down and held to account.’

‘I am pleased to offer Sir Howard’s expert help and I will continue to do all I can as attorney general to support Ukraine’s journey to justice against Russia.’

Venediktova commented: ‘Sir Howard’s experience and knowledge of international criminal law speaks louder than words and his help will be taken up immediately on a number of issues.’

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