Andrii Kostin, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, has reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now officially suspected of international crimes; outside of Russia he can be arrested and brought to justice.
Source: Kostin on Facebook
Quote: “From now on, the Russian President will be officially suspected of committing international crimes, namely the illegal deportation and transfer of Ukrainian children. The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Putin, the President of Russia, and Lvova-Belova, the Russian Presidential Commissioner for children’s rights.
This means outside of Russia [in countries that have ratified the Rome Statute – ed.]. Putin is to be arrested and brought to justice. And world leaders will think three times before shaking hands with him or sitting down with him at the negotiating table.
The world has received a signal that the Russian regime is criminal and its leadership and henchmen will be held accountable.”
Details: According to Kostin, the Attorney General’s Office turned over more than 40 volumes, more than 1,000 pages, of materials to the ICC. In general, the deportation of more than 16,000 children from Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Kherson Oblasts has been registered in the cases in which the Prosecutor General’s Office is the lead.
For reference: The jurisdiction of the ICC extends to countries that have ratified the Rome Statute. Ukraine is not a party to the Rome Statute. However, Ukraine has granted the International Criminal Court the right to investigate crimes committed on its territory.
A total of 123 states are members of the Rome Statute, including the states of South America and about half of the states of Africa, and must therefore pay attention to the arrest warrants issued by the ICC. China, India, Belarus, Turkey, Kazakhstan and others have neither signed nor ratified the statute. Like the United States, Russia signed the charter but later withdrew its signature.
Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian Presidential Envoy for Children’s Rights, said last October Putin had “adopted” a child kidnapped from Mariupol.. By October alone, up to 2,000 orphans had been brought to Russia from social institutions, and 350 children from the Donbas had already been placed in “foster families” in 16 Russian oblasts.
The Ukrainian side recorded the deportation of 16,221 children.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) had previously reported intends to open two criminal cases for war crimes in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine: one on the kidnapping of Ukrainian children and the other on Russian targeted attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against the Russian President Wladimir Putin on March 17 given the situation in Ukraine.
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