International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Russian president Vladimir Putin

The Worldwide Felony Courtroom says it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Putin for struggle crimes due to his alleged involvement in abductions of youngsters from Ukraine. 

The court docket stated in a press release that Putin “is allegedly accountable for the struggle crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants (kids) and that of illegal switch of inhabitants (kids) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

It additionally issued a warrant Friday for the arrest for Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the Commissioner for Youngsters’s Rights within the Workplace of the President of the Russian Federation on comparable allegations.

A Kremlin spokesperson known as the arrest warrant “outrageous and unacceptable”, and labeled the ICC’s selections as “legally void.” 

The ICC stated that its pre-trial chamber discovered there have been “affordable grounds to imagine that every suspect bears accountability for the struggle crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants and that of illegal switch of inhabitants from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian kids.” 

After his most up-to-date go to, in early March, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan stated he visited a care dwelling for youngsters two kilometres from frontlines in southern Ukraine.

“The drawings pinned on the wall … spoke to a context of affection and assist that was as soon as there. However this dwelling was empty, a results of alleged deportation of youngsters from Ukraine to the Russian Federation or their illegal switch to different components of the briefly occupied territories,” he stated in a press release. 

“As I famous to the United Nations Safety Council final September, these alleged acts are being investigated by my Workplace as a precedence. Youngsters can’t be handled because the spoils of struggle.”

And whereas Russia rejected the allegations and warrants of the court docket as null and void, others stated the ICC motion can have an essential influence.

“The ICC has made Putin a wished man and brought its first step to finish the impunity that has emboldened perpetrators in Russia’s struggle towards Ukraine for a lot too lengthy,” stated Balkees Jarrah, affiliate worldwide justice director at Human Rights Watch. “The warrants ship a transparent message that giving orders to commit, or tolerating, severe crimes towards civilians could result in a jail cell in The Hague.”

Professor David Crane, who indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor 20 years in the past for crimes in Sierra Leone, stated dictators and tyrants all over the world “at the moment are on discover that those that commit worldwide crimes shall be held accountable to incorporate heads of state.”

Taylor was finally detained and placed on trial at a particular court docket within the Netherlands. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment.

“This is a vital day for justice and for the residents of Ukraine,” Crane stated in a written remark to the Related Press Friday.