Since this is not a war crime, Germany cannot invoke universal jurisdiction under the International Criminal Code.
The investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is outside the jurisdiction of German law enforcement agencies and they cannot open a criminal case on this fact. As this is not a war crime, Germany cannot invoke universal jurisdiction under the International Criminal Code.
“The poisoning of Navalny took place in Russia – this is the main difference between the case of Fiddlers on British soil and British victims,” the publication said.
The investigation will be possible if Navalny dies in Germany, the country’s justice ministry explained.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will respond to the incident with Navalny as soon as his poisoning is confirmed.
The head of the State Department specified that the USA is expecting the results of Navalny’s sample research from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the nearest future.