KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian parliament appealed Tuesday to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to try ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and other officials on charges of crimes against humanity.
The parliament passed a measure seeking an international trial of the officials for actions “which led to especially dire consequences and mass murder of Ukrainian citizens in the course of the peaceful protest actions in the period from Nov. 21, 2013, to Feb. 22, 2014,” the UNIAN news agency reported.
The political crisis in Ukraine, the worst since the country gained independence in 1991, turned especially violent last week when at least 100 people were killed, many of them believed to have been shot by snipers, and thousands were injured.
The measure adopted Tuesday named, in addition to Yanukovich, as parliament is known, named such top state officials as former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and former Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, both of whom are believed to be in hiding somewhere in Ukraine.
The parliament, known as the Supreme Rada, also asked that an International Criminal Court investigator decide on charging other Ukraine officials after studying evidence in the case.
The declaration by parliament said that law enforcement agencies in Ukraine assaulted demonstrators using clubs, tear gas, stun grenades and firearms on orders from top state officials who, the statement said, had exceeded and abused their powers.
Riot police inflicted bodily harm, used water cannons against protesters in subfreezing temperatures and forced some to stand naked outside, the document said.
“A typical sign of that period were kidnappings and disappearances of people, illegal detentions of them when they were forcefully taken outside to desolated places with an aim of being tortured and killed,” the statement said.
While the allegations are being made to the international court, a case is also being considered by a district court in Kiev, the deputy speaker of parliament, Ruslan Koshulinsky, said.