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French journalist killed: investigations for “war crimes”

William JULIÉ provides details of the investigation announced by the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office after the death of a French journalist in Ukraine. The investigation will have to determine whether a war crime has been committed. Journalists are protected by the Geneva Conventions in the same way as civilians. Ukrainian investigators will have to establish the circumstances surrounding this event. This loss comes at the same time as a new trial of two Russian soldiers for war crimes for firing artillery at a civilian target. This illustrates that the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is functioning and likely cooperating with the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office. This cooperation could, thanks to passive personal jurisdiction, lead to proceedings before French courts.