The International Criminal Court (CPI) denounced this Wednesday a series of threats received in the last few days after issuing, last Friday, a capture order against the president Vladimir Putin and the Russian Commissioner for the Rights of the Child, Maria Lvova-Belova.
The Hague-based court accuses both officials of the forced deportation of nearly 16,000 Ukrainian children since the start of the war just over a year ago, which constitutes a war crime.
After this order was issued, Putin was disabled from traveling to 123 countries -all those who make up the ICC- and where the respective police forces must proceed with their arrest in case they appear in the territory. In any case, since Russia is not a member country of the Court, its institutions are not obliged to comply with the order.
Faced with this decision, the Kremlin has attacked the organization and opened a criminal case against the main prosecutor in the case, Karim Khanand against three other leaders.
For their part, from the presidency of the Assembly of States Parties they condemned this decision as an attempt to “hinder” international efforts that seek to hold those responsible for committing crimes under International Law accountable for their abuses.
Likewise, shortly before, the former Russian president Dimitri Medvedevused his Telegram channel to issue a warning to the judges. “Look at the sky carefully”wrote referring to a possible missile attack.
Another voice loyal to Putin who spoke out against the Court was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who accused the ICC of serving Western interests and ignoring war crimes committed by the United States and NATO. .
“Now, the ICC is headed by a naturalized Anglo-Saxon prosecutor that (…) fulfills the orders of its ownerswhich prohibit this body of Justice from investigating the crimes of the NATO countries”, he commented at a press conference and added that all this is about a “scavenging of fabricated excuses and even non-existent facts to promote the Western agenda”he added.
Despite the threats, the court remains firm in its accusations and “reaffirmed its full confidence in the Court” to obtain Justice for these crimes. In any case, the ICC does not contemplate trying the accused in absentiaTherefore, for Putin to be brought before a judge, his departure from Russia and his entry into one of the member states must be given beforehand.
After more than a year of a “priority” investigation into possible war crimes, prosecutor Khan last week issued the first such warrants in this context.
In this regard, the ICC maintained in its investigation room that there is “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect is responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population and illegal transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, to the detriment of Ukrainian children”.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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