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UN to share Syrian investigation info with EU to encourage prosecutions

United Nations investigators have begun sharing details from their database on suspected war crimes and criminals in Syria with European authorities working on domestic prosecution cases, reports Reuters.

The chairman of the United Nations commission of inquiry, Paulo Pineiro, on Tuesday, urged national authorities to contact the independent investigators who have compiled five lists over nearly four years of evidence gathering.

The UN war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who forms a part of Mr Pineiro’s team, said they planned to publish the names of suspects to encourage new ways of bringing them to justice, reports Reuters.

Addressing the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Mr Pineiro, said,

“We can best aid the pursuit of justice at this time through targeted disclosure. We will share names and information about specific alleged perpetrators with state prosecution authorities that are preparing cases to be heard before a competent and impartial judiciary.”