Lord Advocate's statement on UK-Ukraine memorandum of co-operation

The offices of the UK Attorney General and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine have today published a memorandum of co-operation over crimes of the gravest concern to the entire international community.

The Lord Advocate and Crown Office and Procurator Service (COPFS) are fully supportive of the memorandum.

Scotland’s prosecutors will assist the Ukrainians in any way within the current legal framework.

Mechanisms for support already exist in our legal obligations and conventions.

COPFS has been in contact with and will continue to liaise with the Home Office on this matter.

Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC said:

“I denounce this Russian aggression in Ukraine and am committed to upholding the rule of law internationally.

“As head of the prosecution system in Scotland I fully associate myself with the memorandum and will operate its terms.

“In addition, I will consider ways of formally expressing that commitment.”