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Ukraine’s Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych Faces ICC Trial

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych to be tried by the International Criminal Court once he has been captured.

In a resolution which was overwhelmingly supported by the assembly, Yanukovych was linked to police violence against protesters which had caused the deaths of more than 100 people and injured 2,000.

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According to the resolution, authorities under Yanukovych had systematically abused their power during three months of street unrest and anti-government protests.

Methods of torture used by police against protesters included holding activists naked in temperatures of 15 degrees below freezing, it alleged.

Yanukovych fled Kiev on Friday night. Ukraine's acting interior minister says Yanukovych is now wanted for "mass murder".

The resolution said two of Yanukovych's close allies - former interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka - should also be sent for trial at the ICC, which is based in The Hague.

A spokesman for the court said on Tuesday it had not received a request from the Ukrainian government to investigate the events leading up to Yanukovych's ouster.

- Reuters

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