ICC Prepares to Issue Arrest Warrants Over Russian War Crimes – The International Criminal Court (ICC) is reportedly preparing to open two war crime cases and issue arrest warrants over the abduction of Ukrainian children to Russia.
The prosecutor at the court is reportedly preparing to issue warrants against Russians considered responsible for the practice of sending Ukrainian children to holding facilities and later housing them with Russian families across the border or sending them to so-called “summer camps.”
Karim Khan, a British barrister who serves as the Prosecutor at the ICC, is expected to ask pretrial judges to approve arrest warrants based on evidence gathered by several international bodies.
It comes after Khan first opened an investigation into war crimes committed by Russian forces and private mercenaries in Ukraine following the invasion in February last year.
According to the New York Times, the ICC will open one case into the abduction of Ukrainian children and another on Russia’s ruthless bombardment of civilian infrastructure and energy facilities across Ukraine.
The Times reported that it is not clear whom the court intends to charge in both cases, and when asked to confirm that requests had been made for the arrest warrants, the office of the prosecutor refused to comment.
What Is the International Criminal Court?
The ICC is a permanent and international tribunal established by the Rome Statute, a treaty that was signed by 123 countries.
The court is located in The Hague, Netherlands, and is the first court of its kind to have the power to investigate and prosecute individuals who are accused of serious international crimes.
The ICC typically prosecutes the most serious crimes, including crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and the crime of aggression.
While the ICC works with the United Nations, it is not part of the international group and is governed by the Assembly of States Parties.
How It Works
As a first step, Khan will present charges to pretrial judges who will determine whether the cases meet the necessary legal standards to issue warrants for the arrests of those deemed to be responsible for the crimes.
If the pretrial judges don’t believe that the legal standards have been met, more evidence may be collected before moving forward with the prosecutions again.
If the warrants go ahead, the ICC may request the arrest and surrender of those accused under Article 89 of the Rome Statute.
The court depends on the cooperation of member countries to extradite those accused of crimes, or found guilty of those crimes.
Because not all states have signed and ratified the Rome Statute, including Russia and Ukraine, the court’s investigations and eventual trials may ultimately be for nothing.
While Moscow signed the Rome Statute in 2000, the Kremlin never ratified the agreement to become a member of the court, and in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the withdrawal of his country from the process of joining the court.
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March 15, 2023 at 7:59 pm
Did anyone in Russia pay for shooting down that Malaysian Airliner? There is only one way to make Russia pay for its crimes. We have to ensure Ukraine wins. If we do t it will spread to tother countries. Russia is already working on Moldova, Georgia and even Belarus. They will go on to other countries in Europe if we don’t stop them.
Andrew M Winter
March 16, 2023 at 4:31 pm
Ukraine has killed over 150,000 Russian soldiers in little over a year of Combat.
The Fiscal catastrophe of loosing over 10,000 armored vehicles, 305 combat aircraft and almost as many helicopters, is so HUGE that the existence of the Russian State was we know it is in quesiton.
Russia has a GDP so freaking small the whole thing could not pay Social Security’s annual bills.
How much more do they have to “pay”? What are you going to do arrest the corpses and hang the bodies from trees just to show how tough The West is on “war crimes”
pahLEASE! Why push such a miserable thing. Are you actually trying to recreate the catastrophe of the Versailles treaty that ended World War One and guaranteed that World War Two would happen?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
When this is over LET THE DAMNED DEAD BURRY THE DEAD!
March 17, 2023 at 5:29 pm
What about any Ukrainian war crimes? Anyone asking about those to be investigated? Or would all the NATO/US war-rooters rather just look the other way regarding that question?
Hey, what’s good for the Russian goose should apply to the Uke gander. Equally.