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Russia issues most wanted warrant against chief prosecutor of ICC

Moscow, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Interior Ministry on Friday issued a most wanted warrant against the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, according to its database.

According to the agency, the warrant is issued under an article of the Russian Criminal Code, as indicated in the card on Khan, which also states that he is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is 53 years old, the Sputnik news agency reported on Friday.

On March 17, the ICC, whose jurisdiction Russia does not recognize, issued arrest warrants against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, for allegedly being responsible for the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia.

Commenting on this, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the ICC’s rulings are invalid from the legal point of view, and noted that Moscow describes the approach to the problem by the ICC as outrageous and unacceptable.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, when commenting on the “arrest warrant” issued against President Putin, recalled that high-ranking state officials enjoy absolute immunity from criminal jurisdiction and that the ICC cannot abolish it.

She pointed out that the ICC is a body in which many states do not participate, in particular Russia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, the United States, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan and Türkiye, where more than half of the Earth’s population lives.


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