ICC judges issue arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes

Arrest warrants issued for Russian leader and his children’s rights commissioner for ‘unlawful deportation’ of Ukrainian children.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a final appellate court for the prosecution of serious international crimes, such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Its treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted in July 1998.  124 States have ratified the Rome Statute, but there are another 60 that have not done so - above all it is unfortunate that the United States is among them, as well as Russia, China, India, Israel and many African and Islamic countries.

 The Hague, Mar.17.– The international criminal court in The Hague has issued arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and his children’s rights commissioner, Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, for the “unlawful deportation” of Ukrainian children.

The court’s pre-trial judges assessed there were “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children”.

The judges considered issuing secret warrants but decided that making them public could “contribute to the prevention of the further commission of crimes”.

Moscow has said it does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The decisions of the international criminal court have no meaning for our country, including from a legal point of view,” the foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on her ...

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