War Crime Investigations: Syria and Iraq

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 February 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General 12:00, 2 February 2017

My hon. Friend will know that the UK Government sought to pursue a route whereby the International Criminal Court would consider offences of this type committed in Iraq and Syria, but that our approach was vetoed by the Russians and the Chinese, so there has been no lack of effort on the part of the United Kingdom. In relation to domestic law, we will certainly pursue those offences as and where we can. She will also recognise that the primary practical difficulty is that of obtaining the necessary evidence, and we are working at international level to determine how evidence can be properly collected and retained in theatre so that it can be used for prosecutions when the time comes.