The Pre-trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court on Friday issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
This is stated in the press release of the ISS.
According to the press service of the court, on March 17, 2023, the Pre-trial Chamber II issued warrants for the arrest of Putin and Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, who is authorized by the President of the Russian Federation for children.
Putin and Lvova-Belova are suspected of committing a war crime of illegal deportation of the movement of children from the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, which took place on at least February 24, 2022.
“The Pre-trial Chamber II, on the basis of the motions of the Prosecutor’s Office of February 22, 2023, ruled that there are sufficient grounds to believe that each suspect is responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of the population and illegal transfer of the population from the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation”, – emphasized in the message.
The Chamber notes that it considers the arrest warrants secret “for the protection of victims and witnesses and for the purpose of securing an investigation.”
“However, given that the conduct in question in this situation is likely to continue, and that public awareness of the warrants may help prevent further crime, the Chamber considers that it is in the interests of justice to authorize the Registry to make public the existence of warrants, and suspected , the crimes for which warrants have been issued and the penalties established by the Chamber,” – announced the acting head of the ISS Pyotr Hoffmansky
The aforementioned arrest warrants were issued based on motions filed by the prosecutor’s office on February 22, 2023.
It was reported yesterday that the International Criminal Court is preparing to open two cases of Russian war crimes in Ukraine: in connection with the abduction of Ukrainian children and deliberate Russian attacks against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure. These cases will represent the first international charges since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
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