Ukraine Parliament Votes to Have Yanukovych Tried in The Hague

Overwhelmingly supported resolution links ousted president to 'serious crimes,' involving police violence that led to deaths of over 100 citizens from Ukraine and other states.

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Ukraine's parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to be tried for 'serious crimes' by the International Criminal Court once he has been captured.

A resolution, overwhelmingly supported by the assembly, linked Yanukovich, who was ousted on Saturday and is now on the run, to police violence against protesters which it said had led to the deaths of more than 100 citizens from Ukraine and other states.

The resolution said former interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka, who are also being sought by the authorities, should also be sent for trial at the ICC, which is based in The Hague.

The court said Tuesday it would need an official request from Ukraine's government that would give it jurisdiction over the death, but has yet to receive it.

The Obama administration signaled Monday that it no longer recognizes Yanukovych as president. The shift of support for opposition leaders in Kiev came even as U.S. officials sought to assure Russia that it does not have to be shut out of a future relationship with a new Ukrainian government.

Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine's capital by car and aircraft over the weekend, heading for the parts of the country where he is most likely to find friends, according to the acting head of the police. As of Monday, his exact whereabouts remained unknown, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakhov posted on his official Facebook page a rundown of where Yanukovych has been sighted since leaving Kiev on Friday.

Flowers cover the barricades heading to Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine Feb 25, 2014.Credit: AP

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