UN investigator: will share names of Syria war crimes suspects with prosecutors opening cases

The head of a U.N. panel investigating human rights violations in Syria's civil war says it is willing to give names from its secret list of alleged war criminals to any prosecutors pursuing cases.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that it will "share names and information about the specific alleged perpetrators" with prosecuting authorities preparing cases "to be heard before a competent and impartial judiciary."

However, he said Tuesday that "we'll not be releasing the list of names publicly now."

The commission has said it has kept four lists of names it compiled for possible prosecution confidential because its investigations don't meet the normal requirements of due process.

Pinheiro says people violating international law in Syria appear to have "no fear of future accountability."