Romanian-born Nuremberg Trials prosecutor: Putin should be ‘behind bars’

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Former prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, who worked at the Nuremberg Trials said Russian President Vladimir Putin could be convicted of crimes against humanity committed by his country’s military in Ukraine.

Nazi war crimes

Mr Ferencz, a New Yorker from a family of Jewish immigrants who was born in a town in today’s Romania, was tasked with setting up a Nazi war crimes branch in 1944.

The former prosecutor who turns 102 next week, saw horrific sights at concentration camps first-hand, the Jerusalem Post reported.

„The crimes that Russia is currently committing against Ukraine are a disgrace to human society, and those responsible must be held accountable for aggression, crimes against humanity, and murder,” the 101-year-old told UK publication The Mirror.

He said the Russian leader could be convicted and jailed in the same way as Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb leader, who was accused of genocide.


„This is very realistic. All you need is the determination to do it because they (Russians) do not live on the moon. I want to see Putin behind bars; it is possible,” he added.

The West had hoped that the looming threat of prosecution similar to the Nuremberg Trials would stop Putin from further aggression, but to no avail.

The Nuremburg trials were  established so that all of humanity would be guarded by an international legal shield. Even heads of state would be held criminally responsible and punished for aggression and crimes against humanity.

Russian military

Mr Ferencz said there was clear evidence of the Russian leader’s crimes against Ukraine. He said there was  evidence suggesting that the Russian military is targeting civilians and using cluster bombs.

He believes the war crimes investigation may deter Russia as they’ll know “the international community intends to hold them accountable,” he told the Mirror. He also insists it is possible to restore order, although it will be “slow and difficult”.

“The lesson can be learned,” he insisted. “I can’t believe this is inevitable, it’s not inevitable.”

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