The Investigative Committee charged the prosecutor and the ICC judge in absentia
The Investigative Committee of Russia accused the prosecutor and the judge of the International Criminal Court of the latter’s absence from the country. This was announced in a press release from the department.
Prosecutor Karim Ahmad Khan was charged with an article about prosecuting a person known to be innocent and preparing to attack a representative of a foreign state. The actions of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitale qualify as deliberate unlawful detention, as well as preparation for an assassination attempt against a representative of a foreign state.
Representatives of the Investigative Committee stated that the criminal prosecution against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova is illegal, as there are no grounds to bring them to trial.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs put Karim Khan on the wanted list.
Two months ago, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Lviv-Belova on suspicion of illegally deporting Ukrainian children from the occupied territories to Russia. The prosecutor noted that in the course of the investigation, his prosecutor’s office confirmed the cases of the deportation of several hundred children, many of whom were adopted in Russia. It is noted that Putin has simplified this procedure by accelerating the acquisition of Russian citizenship by children.
The Kremlin called the ICC’s decision “irrelevant” and “the very issue” of Putin’s arrest “outrageous and unacceptable.” The press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov noted that Moscow does not recognize the jurisdiction of the court.