Ukraine parliament wants former President Viktor Yanukovych tried at The Hague

By Kyle Johnson,

Ukraine parliament announced that it is seeking to have ousted President Viktor Yanukovych tried for crimes in international court.

A resolution to have Yanukovych tried at The International Court easily passed a vote on Tuesday, reports Reuters. They want him to face charges for allowing police to respond violently toward protesters and for "mass murder" of over 100 Ukrainian citizens.

Two former government officials, former interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka also were included in the resolution to be brought to The Hague.

Yanukovych remains on the run and was reported as last being seen near Balaclava in Crimea. He may be heading towards the nearby Russian Sevastopol naval base.

Though Ukraine wasn't involved in the treaty that brought about the International Criminal Court 12 years ago, their case could still be handled if asked. "A government can make a declaration accepting the court's jurisdiction for past events," spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said.

After parliament ousted Yanukovych from power over the weekend, an arrest warrant was issued for his criminal actions.

Parliament finally had enough of the violent protests, which saw police snipers fire upon Ukrainian citizens and decided to offer protesters what they wanted, the removal of the Russian-backed president and the move towards a new government.

In another move to try and appease the anti-government protesters, parliament also passed several amendments to the criminal code, which allowed for the release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who spent over two years in jail. She was released on Saturday.

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