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RL Consultant Mark Guthrie interviewed by Sky News, Channel 5 News and the i paper on latest situation in Ukraine

9. MARCH 2021


Mark Guthrie was interviewed by Sky News on 10 March to discuss the bombing of the Mariupol maternity hospital in Ukraine by Russian forces. He discussed the definition of war crimes and the breaches of the Geneva conventions as well as talked about the evidence the ICC would be collating in their investigation. In particular, he commented that military analysis of the evidence would be of high significance.

He also spoke to Channel 5 News on 7 March to talk about whether a future war crimes investigation could bring Putin to account.

He commented:

"Documenting the evidence of War Crimes is essential for any prosecution.  The ICC have gone in early to collect the evidence which will help them assess and see what war crimes might have been committed”.  He added that the ICC could be strengthened by more countries including the United States becoming parties to it.

In the i paper, Mark said that any prosecution would be very difficult.  He said: “Getting Putin before the court is going to be almost impossible unless there is a seismic change in Russia. He’s not going to surrender himself. ”

From 2001 until 2006, Mark worked for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia Herzegovina where he held a number of roles including Senior Human Rights Officer and Rule of Law Adviser. He gave expert technical advice at the time of the introduction of a new criminal procedure code.

In addition, he led a team of trial monitors and provided expert analysis of the local prosecution of war crimes cases. He has recently written an analysis for the OSCE of the domestic prosecution in Bosnia Herzegovina of war crimes.

Read i paper here: [The i paper]

Watch Sky News interview below:

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