(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – Vladimir Putin’s suspected involvement in kidnapping Ukrainian children has led to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to reports.
After the ICC stated there are “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children,” a warrant was also issued on Friday for Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation.
#ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański on recent arrest warrants against Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova in the context of the situation in #Ukraine
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The United States does not support or recognize the authority of the ICC because it is not a member of that tribunal.
Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of population (children) deportation and that of population (children) transfer from seized territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” according to the ICC.
Maria Zakharova, a Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, dismissed the arrest order by asserting that “the rulings of the International Criminal Court have no value for our country, even from a legal standpoint.”
The International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute does not apply to Russia because the country is not a party to it, according to Zakharova. “Potential’recipes’ for arrest coming from the International Court of Justice will be legally null and void for us,” Russia does not engage with this body.
Andriy Kostin, the general prosecutor of Ukraine, applauded the choice.
Putin would be detained and handed up to the ICC if he left Russia right now, Kostin claimed. “Before shaking hands or negotiating with Putin, world leaders will second-guess themselves. Another blatant indication to the outside world that the Russian administration is corrupt.”
The Rome Treaty of 1998 established the court as an international tribunal. Still, the International Criminal Court (ICC), situated in The Hague, Netherlands, only started operating in 2002.
The treaty and the court’s authority in international prosecution have been ratified by 123 nations thus far.
The purpose of the court is to bring those responsible for the worst crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to justice. It is meant to be a final resort when national governments are unable or flatly unwilling to bring charges because it has worldwide jurisdiction.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) declared last year that it has begun the most significant “single field” investigation into war crimes committed during Russia’s murderous war in Ukraine since it was established 20 years earlier.
A team of 42 investigators, forensic experts, and support personnel have been dispatched to Ukraine to aid in investigating war crimes.
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