The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Commissioner for Children’s Affairs Maria Lvova-Belova, accusing them of responsibility for war crimes in Ukraine. – There are credible grounds for recognizing the charges against these people. The Court is doing its job. The judges issued arrest warrants. Their implementation depends on international cooperation – said the President of the ICC, Judge Piotr Hofmański.
The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Piotr Hofmański confirmed that against the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children, an arrest warrant was issued “for alleged war crimes of deporting children from the occupied territories Ukraine to the Russian Federation.
– International law prohibits the forces of the occupying forces from displacing civilians from the territory in which they live to other territories. Children enjoy special protection under the Geneva Convention – said Hofmański.
– The content of the order is kept secret to protect the victims. The ICC attaches great importance to the protection of victims, especially children. Nevertheless, the judges decided to make the warrant public in the interests of justice and to prevent further crimes from being committed, he said.
– This is an important moment in the process of administering justice by the Tribunal. The judges reviewed the information and evidence provided by the prosecutor and decided that there were credible grounds for admitting the charges against these individuals. The Court is doing its job. The judges issued arrest warrants. Their implementation depends on international cooperation, he added.
Arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin
Reuters previously reported that International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin on suspicion of unlawful deportation of children and unlawful removal of people from the territory of Ukraine to Russia.
In connection with the same allegations, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant for the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Affairs, Maria Lvova-Belova.
The ICC communiqué stated that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the above-mentioned crimes, for committing these acts directly, jointly with others and/or through other persons, as well as for the lack of sufficient control over civilian civilians.” and military subordinates who committed or allowed these acts to be committed, and who were under his de facto authority and control.”
The ICC has the power to hear cases of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the territory of more than 120 countries that adopted the Rome Statute in 2002, i.e. the document establishing this court. In 2016, Russia withdrew from the Statute.
Ukraine is also not a party to the Statute, but has previously declared that it will accept the ICC’s jurisdiction over crimes committed on its territory if the Court decides to investigate them.
The website of the British broadcaster BBC points out that the ICC has no power to arrest suspects and may exercise jurisdiction in states that have signed the Rome Statute. The Court relies on state authorities to help arrest and transport suspects to The Hague.
“NYT” about the consequences of issuing an arrest warrant
The New York Times wrote on Monday about the possibility of initiating the first proceedings in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine by an international tribunal. The likelihood of being brought to trial is low. It does not seem possible that Russia will agree to try its officials, and the ICC cannot hear cases in absentia, the American newspaper reported.
In the opinion of anonymous experts quoted by the daily, the issuance of arrest warrants by the ICC is of great importance even in a situation where there is little chance of their execution. Such decisions would be another, very important step towards stigmatizing and isolating the Kremlin on the international arena.
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