Georgia Taking Russia to Court? And Vice Versa?
As the fighting winds down or escalates (depending on whom you believe), the legal battle that Ken discussed yesterday seems to be gearing up and getting more complex, with the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights now all being mentioned in news stories.
The AP is reporting the following:
The Georgian security council says it has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice for alleged ethnic cleansing.
Council chief Alexander Lomaia told The Associated Press that Georgia made the filing Tuesday with the international court. He gave no other details of the lawsuit.
Russian officials have accused Georgia of committing genocide by launching an offensive last week to try to retake control of the breakaway province of South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, meanwhile, accused Russian forces Monday of cleansing another breakaway province, Abkhazia, of ethnic Georgians..
While the AP report says Georgia has filed something before the ICJ, this may or may not be when a reported has gotten the different courts at the Hague mixed up. The Russian press is reporting (according to an English translation on a Finnish site) that the Georgians have been talking to the ICC:
Georgia will lodge a suit against Russia at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, RIA Novosti reports. Eka Zguladze, Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Interior, said the suit contains facts of genocide against Georgians in Abkhazia since 1992 until today.
Earlier, Russia announced it intended to file claims against Georgia at the ICC and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for the Georgian attack on South Ossetia. Russian prosecutors are now collecting evidence of genocide in South Ossetia.
This last paragraph may be the latest spin on the investigations that Ken wrote about yesterday, but now focusing Russia’s interest ont he ICC and the ECHR.
Of course the Georgians and the Russians may each be attempting to access multiple tribunals simultaneously and seeing “what sticks.”
If readers get any more information on which, if any, courts are becomeing involved, please post a comment.