The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, War Crimes Against Ukraine Invasion.
Putin and Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lviva Belova are wanted by the ICC for illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia.
Arrest warrant marks first international indictment brought since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 And the first objection to the leaders of countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council.
“This is a crucial moment in the process of justice,” said ICC Judge Piotr Hofmansky. video statement.
Hoffmansky said that according to procedure, the court’s chief prosecutor presented his case to a pretrial panel of judges, who concluded that they had “credible arguments” against them.
The ICC does not recognize diplomatic immunity for leaders accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that gave rise to the ICC, and is unlikely to prosecute Putin or Libova Belova.
“The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin,” wrote Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council. twitter“I don’t need to explain where to use this paper🧻.”
But non-expiring claims would make the pair international pariahs.
of 123 countries Countries that have ratified the Rome Statute prompted the arrest of suspects on their territory.
“The ICC is doing its job. As a court, judges have issued arrest warrants. Their execution depends on international cooperation,” Hofmansky said.