March 20 () –
The Investigative Committee of Russia has opened a criminal case on Monday against the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the chief prosecutor of this court in retaliation for the arrest warrants issued on Friday for the alleged forced deportation of Ukrainian children and that put Russian President Vladimir Putin in the crosshairs.
The authorities consider that judges Tomoko Akane, Rosario Salvatore Aitala and Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godinez may have committed a crime contemplated in the Russian Penal Code by questioning the protection that a head of state like Putin theoretically enjoys, according to a statement. of the Investigation Committee collected by the Interfax agency.
They also point to the CFI prosecutor, Karim Khan, for allegedly incriminating an innocent person and also pointing to a protected foreign agent. Khan has launched investigations to determine whether war crimes or crimes against humanity have been committed as part of the offensive on Ukraine.
Moscow alleges Putin’s “absolute immunity” from prosecutions abroad to destroy any potential prosecution, although it is difficult that, with the current political framework, the Russian president can be arrested and handed over to The Hague to sit on the bench .
The ICC accuses Putin and top child rights official Maria Lvova-Belova of allowing the forced deportation of children from Russian-occupied areas in eastern Ukraine.