WORLD – GERMANY
German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann told Bild am Sonntag that if Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Germany, German law enforcers will be obliged to detain him and hand him over to the International Criminal Court in accordance with the arrest warrant announced on 17 March.
According to the minister, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will make a request to Interpol and the states that recognise the court’s jurisdiction in the near future.
Scholz welcomed the ICC warrant
The day before, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised the ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin over the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
“No one is above the law and the law,” the chancellor said on 18 March, during his visit to Tokyo.
For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram that Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has no obligations under it.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that Russia does not recognise the International Criminal Court in The Hague and is not subject to its jurisdiction.
The charter has now been ratified by 123 countries. They include 33 African countries, 19 Asian countries, 18 Eastern European countries, 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 22 Western European countries, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Source: Deutsche Welle