Germany proposed a special court to try Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders for the invasion of Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during a press conference in The Hague (REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw) (PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW/)

The German Foreign Minister supported on Monday the creation of a special court to try Russian leadersat a time when Moscow is accused of having committed war crimes in the attack on the Ukrainian town of dnipro.

Minister Annalena Baerbock called for a “new format” of court to “bring Russian leaders to justice” for their invasion of Ukraine, possibly using Ukrainian law, but in a court outside the country with international judges.

“We need to send a clear message to the Russian leadership here and now that a war aggression will not go unpunished”Baerbock said in a speech before the Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands.

Calls for a formula to judge Russian leaders are growing, but the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in Hagueyou cannot do it under the current regulations.

Tributes at the site of a Russian missile attack in Dnipro that left at least 40 dead (REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Tributes at the site of a Russian missile attack in Dnipro that left at least 40 dead (REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne) (CLODAGH KILCOYNE /)

The top German diplomat said she had discussed with Ukraine and other allies a “special solution” what could “derive jurisdiction from Ukrainian criminal law”.

But he added that it was “important for us to have a international componentFor example, a location outside of Ukraine, with financial support from partners and with international prosecutors and judges, to support the impartiality and legitimacy of this court,” he added.

“That would be a new format,” he said.

The German Foreign Office later tweeted that Baerbock wanted “support Ukraine internationally in the creation of a special court for aggression in The Hague”.

Baerbock also called for changes to the Hague-based ICC’s statute so that it can eventually prosecute Russian leaders for assault.

“War crime”

The ICC is investigating alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, and its prosecutor Karim Khan describes the country as a “crime scene”.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan (REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw / file)
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan (REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/file) (PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW/)

But under rules adopted in 2018, you can’t prosecute Russia because it’s not a member.

The only other way, so far, to carry out this process is by presenting a resolution of the UN Security Councilwhere Russia is a permanent member and has the right to veto.

In November, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenraised the idea of ​​a “specialized court” to try Russian leaders.

Germany’s call for a special court came as EU officials said that el Russian attack over the weekend in a residential block in dniprowhich killed at least 40 people, constitutes a “war crime”.

Swedish Prime Minister ulf kristerssonwhose country holds the EU presidency, condemned the “horrible attack”.

“Intentional attacks against civilians are war crimes. Those responsible will be held accountable, ”he said at a joint press conference in Stockholm with the president of the European Council, Charles Michel.

A spokesman for the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrellalso condemned Moscow and said that “there would be no impunity.”

“Russia continues to show its inhuman face and apply its brutal missile terror indiscriminately. Such actions constitute war crimes and must cease immediately,” spokesman Peter Stano told a daily news briefing in Brussels.

(With information from AFP)

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