British citizen Karim Asad Ahmed Khan, born on March 30, 1970, is being prosecuted based on an article in the Russian Criminal Code, according to an entry published in the Russian Home Affairs database on Friday, which did not specify the specific charge. .
The Russian Investigative Committee (SZK) recently opened criminal proceedings against ICC prosecutor Khan and three of its judges, Akane Tomoko, Rosario Salvatore Itala, and Sergio Gerardo Ugaldi Godens. The prosecutor is charged with knowingly bringing an innocent person to criminal responsibility in connection with the unlawful commission of a serious or serious crime, and the judges are charged with knowingly seeking to unlawfully detain a representative of a foreign country and preparing an attack on him.
On March 17, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber ordered the “arrests” of Putin and Russian Ombudsman for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova Belova, accusing them of “unlawfully abducting children from Ukraine”. In this regard, Moscow indicated that it – by the way, like Washington and Beijing – does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and from a legal point of view, all its decisions are null and void.
The International Criminal Court (ICC), which was established on the basis of the Rome Statute of 1998, is not part of the United Nations and is responsible only to countries that have ratified the document. Russia (signed but not ratified), the United States (withdrew its signature) and China (not signed) did not accede to the Statute.
In 2016, Putin issued a decree confirming that Russia would not become a member of the International Criminal Court. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the court “did not live up to expectations and did not become a truly independent body of international justice.”
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