The Rome Statute provides that anyone can be arrested, regardless of their position or immunity, stressed Professor Piotr Hofmański, president of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on TVN24. The ICC on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin was placed under an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court on Friday. The judges decided that there were real grounds to believe that the president Russia is responsible for war crimes involving the unlawful deportation of children from occupied territories Ukraine to Russia. At the same time, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Russian ombudsman for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, accused of the same crimes as Putin.
Hofmański: the statute provides that anyone can be arrested, regardless of immunity
The president of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Professor Piotr Hofmański, was a guest of “Fakty po Faktach” on Saturday. The host of the program, Piotr Kraśko, asked him whether if Putin left Russia and appeared in one of the European capitals, he should be arrested. – A clear answer to this is provided by the Rome Statute [Rzymski Statut Międzynarodowego Trybunału Karnego – przyp. red.]. States parties to the statute that have ratified it have a legal obligation to cooperate fully, including the execution of arrest warrants. Consequently, if the person prosecuted by the warrant appears on the territory of a state that is a party to the Rome Statute, that state has a legal obligation to execute the warrant, arrest that person and deliver him to the Hague Tribunal, Hofmański explained.
He noted that “the thing that is being discussed is the possible use by some of the accused or suspects of international immunity.” “But that issue has already been settled by the tribunal, finding in the case of President Umar al-Bashir, former president Sudanthat this immunity does not protect against liability for crimes provided for in the Rome Statute, said the president of the ICC.
As he said, “the statute provides that anyone can be arrested and everyone is responsible.” – Regardless of your position. This also includes persons who are entitled to immunity, he stressed.