The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khanhas stated that, despite the arrest warrant issued against the Russian president, Vladimir Putinwill continue to “seek cooperation” with Russia in relation to the situation in Ukraine.
“I will ensure that my Office fully discharges its responsibility under the Rome Statute to investigate incriminating and exculpatory circumstances alike,” Khan said in a statement.
Beyond this, the chief prosecutor of the TPI has endorsed the agency’s previous accusations and has stressed that “there are reasonable grounds” to accuse both President Putin and the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights of the Russian Federation, Maria Alexeievna Lvova-Belova.
In fact, Khan has reported that the incidents recorded by his Office include deportation “of at least hundreds of children taken from orphanages and child care homes”, many of whom have later been put up for adoption on Russian soil, a move that has even been legally facilitated by the Kremlin.
“My Office alleges that these acts, among others, demonstrate the intent to permanently remove these children from their own country. At the time of these deportations, Ukrainian children were protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention,” added the chief prosecutor of the ICC.
“We must ensure that those responsible for alleged crimes are held to account and that children are returned to their families and communities. As I said at the time, we cannot allow children to be treated as if they were the spoils of war,” Chief Prosecutor Khan concluded.
The CFI has issued this Friday an arrest warrant against Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, accused of having committed the alleged war crime of forcibly deporting Ukrainian minors from areas captured during the war, which began more than a year ago. year, and towards Russian territories.
The court understandsreasonable grounds” to believe that President Putin “bears individual criminal responsibility” for these crimes, either for their “direct” commission or for having been unable to “exercise adequate control over the civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts.”
(With information from EP)
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