The International Criminal Court accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for war crimes committed in Ukraine during the year-long Russian invasion of its neighbouring country.
WARRANT OF ARREST FOR PUTIN
According to Reuters, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan opened an investigation into possible war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Ukraine. The investigation started a year ago,
The prosecutor travelled to Ukraine four times and indicated he was looking at alleged crimes against children and targeting of civilian infrastructure.
The Court wants Putin arrested for the alleged unlawful deportation of children and unlawful transfer of people from Ukraine to Russia. The alleged crimes were committed in occupied Ukrainian territory from at least 24 February 2022.
“There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crime,” said the Court.
The ICC also issued an arrest warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights. She faces the same charges as Putin.
ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmaski said children enjoy special protection under the Geneva Convention.
“The Chamber considered that the warrants are secret in order to protect victims and witnesses and also to safeguard the investigation.
“Nevertheless, mindful that the conduct addressed in the present situation is allegedly ongoing, and that the public awareness of the warrants may contribute to the prevention of the further commission of crimes, the Chamber considered that it is in the interests of justice to authorise the
“Registry to publicly disclose the existence of the warrants, the name of the suspects, the crimes for which the warrants are issued, and the modes of liability as established by the Chamber,” said Hofmanski.
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