Why is there a team specifically dedicated to combat international crimes?
Investigating and prosecuting those guilty of genocide, war crimes, torture, or crimes against humanity is a highly complex undertaking. These criminal cases can best be described as cold cases on an international scale. The crimes often took place in the past, in a distant land, and during wartime. For this reason, a special team has been formed to combat international crimes in all its complexity.
A substantial part of the investigation must take place abroad, in a war-torn land. Finding evidence is difficult because many records and forensic data, such as DNA traces, have been destroyed over time. That is why witness statements play such an important role in our investigations. Witnesses , however, are often scattered across the globe and must first be found. Then they have to feel safe enough to tell their story. Another complicating factor is that witness statements often involve events that took place long ago.