The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khansees as a possibility that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, face trial for war crimes committed in Ukraineas stated in an interview with the chain CNN.
“Those who believe it is impossible” for the Russian leader to be held accountable for acts committed in Ukraine “do not understand history”, Khan assured in statements to the American media.
The prosecutor cited as examples the nuremberg trials (1954-1946) -for the War crimes in Nazi Germany– and the judicial process for the rwandan genocide.
“They all implicated powerful and imposing individuals and yet ended up in courtKhan added.
The prosecutor also pointed out that, through the arrest warrant against Putin issued by the ICC this Friday, it wants to send a clear message: “No one should feel that they can commit genocide or crimes against humanity with impunity.”.
The ICC published an arrest warrant against the Russian president as allegedly responsible for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russiawhich means a war crime according to the treaty of this court known as Rome Statute.
The ICC pre-trial chamber also issued a second arrest warrant against the Russian politician Maria Lvova-BelovaPresidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia, with the same accusation.
Both arrest warrants are the first of their kind issued by the ICC in the context of its investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia in the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian government described the arrest warrant as “outrageous”“inadmissible” and “legally null”, since Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
For his part, the President of the United States, Joe Bidenaffirmed this Friday that the decision of the International Criminal Court against the Russian president, Vladimir PutinIt is “justified”.
“Well I think it’s justified. But the question is that we don’t recognize it internationally either. But I think it’s a very strong point,” Biden said.
A State Department spokesman said in a statement that “there is no question that Russia is committing war crimes and atrocities (in) Ukraine, and we have been clear that those responsible must be held accountable.”
“This was a decision that the ICC prosecutor reached independently based on the facts before him,” the US spokesman added.
The ICC issued an arrest warrant against the Russian president after considering that he there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that Putin “bears individual criminal responsibility” for these crimeseither by its “direct” commission or for having been unable to “exercise adequate control over the civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts”.
According to the Ukrainian government some 16,000 children have been displaced against their will to Russian territory since the beginning of the conflict while a recent study presented in February by the Yale University denounced that at least 6,000 Ukrainian children have been distributed in 40 Russian boarding schools.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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