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Putin and the ICC: history shows just how hard it is to bring a head of state to justice

Putin and the ICC: history shows just how hard it is to bring a head of state to justice

THE arrest warrants issued recently by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his children’s commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, represent the first time officials of a permanent member of the United Nations security council have been indicted for a war crime. Author CATHERINE GEGOUT, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Nottingham The charge is that they presided over the forced deportation of Ukrainian children from areas occupied by the Russian military. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Putin bears individual criminal responsibility for the aforementioned crimes,” the ICC said in a statement on…
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ICC expected to launch war crimes cases against Russians over Ukraine war

ICC expected to launch war crimes cases against Russians over Ukraine war

ANTHONY DEUTSCH and MIKE COLLETT-WHITE THE International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning to seek the arrest of Russian officials for forcibly deporting children from Ukraine and targeting civilian infrastructure, a source said, in what would be the first international war crimes cases arising from Moscow's invasion. The source said the arrest warrants could include the crime of genocide and were expected to arrive in the "short term" if the court prosecutor's request was approved by a pre-trial judge at the Hague-based court. The office of the prosecutor at the ICC declined to comment. Russia's defence ministry did not immediately respond to…
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