Arrest warrant against Putin: German Justice Minister welcomes the decision in The Hague

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes. Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann believes this is the right decision. He says that those who, like Putin, incite a bloody war must be punished.

Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) welcomed the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes. “Those who, like Putin, incited a bloody war should be held accountable in court,” he told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “The best solution is for charges to be brought before the International Criminal Court. The arrest warrant now issued for war crimes is an important signal of determination.”

Buschmann added, “We should also continue to consider other models for implementing consistent prosecution, such as a special tribunal for the prosecution of the crime of aggression.” He said there was close cooperation with international partners and investigating institutions on all these issues, including at the upcoming conference of justice ministers in London on Monday to support the investigations of the International Criminal Court. The FDP politician stressed: “We are all united in our determination to respond resolutely to the terrible crimes in Ukraine.”

Putin allegedly responsible for unlawful deportation of children
The International Criminal Court said on Friday that Putin was responsible for the unlawful deportation of children and resettlements from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russia. The arrest warrant was also issued against the children’s rights commissioner in Putin’s presidential administration, Maria Lvova-Belova.

The court found that there were sufficient reasons to believe that Putin and Lvova-Belova were responsible for the war crimes mentioned, according to the prosecutor’s requests on February 22. The arrest warrants are being made public, unlike usual, because the crimes are allegedly ongoing and public disclosure may help prevent further crimes.

Due to formal reasons, the Criminal Court cannot act against the attack on Ukraine itself. Therefore, other ways are being sought.

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