EU justice agency gets powers to handle war crime evidence

The European Parliament announced on Thursday it had voted to approve a proposal put forward by the European Commission allowing the body to store and analyse evidence connected to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

 

EU judicial cooperation body Eurojust has been handed new powers to investigate war crimes, proposed in light of atrocities allegedly committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

The European Parliament announced on Thursday it had voted to approve a proposal put forward by the European Commission allowing the body to store and analyse evidence connected to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

This could involve DNA, fingerprints, photographs, videos or audio recordings, according to a statement from the EU legislature.

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Eurojust, which is based in The Hague, can also pass on this data to organisations such as the International Court of Justice or relevant EU national authorities, the statement added.

EU diplomats, representing the 27 countries, had already voted to sign off the change.

The EU states must still formally approve them before they can come into effect.

 

 

(dpa/NAN)

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