The European Union called unacceptable the criminal case against prosecutors and judges of the ICC

The European Union condemns the decision of the Russian authorities to initiate a criminal case against the prosecutor and three judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is stated in statement head of European diplomacy Josep Borel. He assured that the EU countries support the ICC as “an independent and impartial court.”

“Any Russian actions towards the ICC and attempts to intimidate those involved in international investigations related to Ukraine are politically motivated, unjustified, unfair and unacceptable,” the statement said.

On March 20, the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) opened a criminal case against ICC Prosecutor Karim Ahmad Khan (Great Britain), as well as judges Tomoko Akane (Japan), Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Italy) and Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godinez (Costa Rica). They are involved in the decision of the Pre-trial Chamber of the ICC to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova for the “illegal deportation” of children from the territories of Ukraine.

On May 21, the TFR indicted Rosario Salvatore Aitala and Karin Ahmad Khan in absentia. The latter was put on the wanted list by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The leadership of the ICC considered the decision of the Russian investigation unacceptable.

Lusine Balasyan


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