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REFILE-ICC war crimes requests for Syria "untimely" - Russian official

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:25 GMT
Author: Reuters
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MOSCOW, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A senior Russian official indicated on Tuesday that Moscow would not support calls to refer suspected war criminals in Syria to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

United Nations investigators said on Monday that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals should face the ICC.

But Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, whose country is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, told a news conference that this was "not the path we should follow ... at this stage it would be untimely and unconstructive."

(Reporting By Gabriela Baczynska, Writing by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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