Spain sends forensic and autopsy specialists to Ukraine as part of Russian war crimes investigation
SPAIN sends police medical experts to Ukraine to investigate possible war crimes committed by Russian invaders.
The Ministry of Justice has made available 29 forensic and criminal investigators to assist the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine in their investigations.
10 autopsy specialists will also travel to Ukraine to carry out assessments.
Justice Minister Pilar Llop said: “I am proud that the ICC and Ukrainians have placed their trust in these Spanish professionals.
The team is made up of experts from the Institutes of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMLCF) of Caceres, Cantabria, La Rioja, Madrid, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Huelva, Valladolid, Salamanca, Badajoz, Granada, Alicante, Galicia, Murcia and Catalonia.
Other specialists from other IMLCF bases in Spain are expected to join the group in the coming days.
The facilities of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences will be used to analyze the samples and the traces collected.
In addition to collecting and processing physical evidence, victims and witnesses will be questioned about any Russian involvement in sex crimes, gender-based violence and crimes against children.
The Justice Ministry said the number of experts and institutes involved “could be increased” as different needs and priorities could be identified during the upcoming work in Ukraine.