The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, who in March issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been put on the wanted list in Russia, follows from the database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“Basic for the search: wanted under the article of the Criminal Code,” says Khan’s card.
The card indicates that Khan is a native of Edinburgh, he is 53 years old. Under what article he is wanted, it is not specified. Also, the card does not list the special features of the ICC prosecutor.close 100% MIA
On March 17, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Putin and Russian Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. The court report noted that Putin and Belova “are allegedly responsible for a war crime – the illegal deportation of the population (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.” According to the ICC, this happened between February 24, 2022.
In Moscow, the decisions and activities of the ICC are not recognized. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called the very formulation of the issue of a criminal court “outrageous and unacceptable.”
“Russia, like a number of states, does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court and, accordingly, any decisions of this kind are null and void for the Russian Federation from the point of view of law,” he said.
The Russian Ombudsman reacted ironically to her arrest: “What I want to say: firstly, it’s great that the international community appreciated the work to help the children of our country, that we don’t leave them in the war zone, that we take them out, that we create good conditions for them, surround them with loving, caring people.”
Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, noted on his Telegram channel that “the court has embarked on the path of self-liquidation.”
“Russia needs to immediately issue an arrest warrant for all ICC ‘judges’,” Klishas added. What is the ICC and why does Moscow not recognize its decisions? Based in The Hague (Netherlands). The ICC is not a UN body, its founding document is the 1998 Rome Statute. It was developed with the participation of Russia, which signed the document in 2000. The Statute… Read more What is the ICC and why does Moscow not recognize its decisions? Based in The Hague (Netherlands). The ICC is not a UN body, its founding document is the 1998 Rome Statute. It was developed with the participation of Russia, which signed the document in 2000. The statute came into effect in 2003. In 2016, Moscow refused to be a party to the agreement. Before that, the court called the entry of Crimea into Russia “tantamount to an international armed conflict” between Moscow and Kiev. Ukraine has also signed the Rome Statute but has not ratified it. However, the country in 2015 recognized the jurisdiction of the court “in relation to all crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine since the beginning of Russia‘s military aggression.” In total, the document was ratified by 123 countries, including China, Turkey, India and the United States. The United States participated in the discussions that led to the creation of the court, but did not support the Rome Statute in 1998.
Three days after the issuance of the warrant, on March 20, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case against ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan and Judges Tomoko Akane, Rosario Salvatore Aitala and Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godinez.
“The actions of the ICC prosecutor contain signs of crimes under Part 2 of Art. 299, part 1 of Art. 30, part 2, art. 360 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: bringing a knowingly innocent person to criminal responsibility, combined with the unlawful accusation of a person of committing a grave or especially grave crime, as well as preparing to attack a representative of a foreign state enjoying international protection, in order to complicate international relations, ”the ICR noted.
The investigatory committee noted that the criminal prosecution of Putin and Lvova-Belova is illegal, because there are no grounds for bringing them to criminal responsibility, since they enjoy absolute immunity from the jurisdiction of foreign states.
On May 11, Peskov, in an interview with the ATV channel from the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina, called the ICC a puppet in the hands of the collective West. In his opinion, the decision to arrest Putin is an instrument of pressure on Russia.
“In this situation, we believe that this international body is essentially a puppet in the hands of the so-called collective West, which uses it for its own purposes in order to further increase pressure on our country. It won’t work,” Peskov said.
According to Peskov, some states that lack sovereignty “purely hypothetically may be interested in carrying out this order” if they have the opportunity. However, such a possibility, Peskov noted, is difficult to imagine.