The president of the Russian Federation may face the fate of dictator Saddam Hussein.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin hopes that the immunity of the head of state will save him from the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Putin is very scared that some country can hand him over to a tribunal for a lot of money.
This opinion was expressed by a political scientist in an exclusive interview with TSN.ua Mykola Davydiuk. According to him, the decision of the ICC on the arrest warrant for the President of the Russian Federation is “normal, positive, and it will move.”
“There are some caveats, which is an object of hope for Putin – they say that the president is immune and is not responsible for anything. Our lawyers in The Hague say – ok, as long as it does not concern war crimes. War crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide – a precedent that anyone will be held accountable. These are the three parameters that world leaders were responsible for. Wasn’t that the case with Nazi Germany, the Serbian leaders? Slobodan Milosevic died in prison while awaiting sentence. They say that it is not possible to declare suspicion against the president of another country. It is possible, there were such things too. They say – you can’t judge in absentia. It’s also possible – Nuremberg was held in absentia, Balkan cases,” Davidyuk said.
According to him, Putin “on the contrary, now he will worry that any country can transfer it to Ukraine or any European country for money“.
“To release him as a typical criminal, but for an atypical, extremely large sum, is just what scares Putin very much,” the expert added.
Davidyuk also suggested that Putin will face the fate of the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
We will remind, on March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova. They are charged with a war crime – the illegal mass deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine handed over to the ICC more than 40 volumes of materials on the forcible deportation of children – more than 1,000 pages.
From now on, Putin can be arrested in any of the 123 countries that recognize the decision of the International Criminal Court, and brought before the tribunal.
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, said that Putin will stand trial in The Hague, regardless of the position of Russia, which does not recognize the jurisdiction of this court. The warrant for Putin’s arrest will remain in effect for the rest of his life – until he appears in court.
Ukraine also calls on prosecutor Karim Khan to investigate the shooting of a captured Ukrainian soldier by the Russians.
In response, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case against the judges of the International Criminal Court and Prosecutor Karim Khan personally.