After issuing an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes in Ukraine, this time the opposite case is against the judges and prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Moscow’s Investigative Committee filed a criminal case on Monday (March 20).
The Kremlin indicted judges Tomoko Akane, Rosario Salvatore Aitala, Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godinez and prosecutor Karim Khan in the case against the ICC.
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The Russian Investigative Committee says there is no basis for criminal liability on Putin’s part. This is because Heads of State enjoy full immunity under the 1973 UN Convention.
ICC President Pior Hoffmannsky told Al Jazeera on Friday that it was “totally irrelevant” that Russia was not part of the ICC to issue the warrant.
Recently, the ICC accused Russian President Putin of committing war crimes in the country, including illegally taking children from Ukraine to Russia. At the same time, the ICC issued an arrest warrant against Maria Alekseevna Lova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, on the same charges.
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Meanwhile, Russian President Putin has yet to publicly comment on the ICC’s action. His spokesman called it ‘ineffective’. He said, ‘Russia considers the questions raised by the ICC as ‘offensive and unacceptable’.
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