Kosachev proposed imposing sanctions against three ICC judges who issued a warrant for Putin's "arrest"

21:35 18.03.2023 Politics

Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev said that against the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Rosario Salvatore Aitalu, Antoine Keziyu Mindua and Tomoko Akane, who decided to issue a warrant for the "arrest" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it would be fair to impose sanctions. He announced this in his Telegram channel.

“This (issuance of the arrest warrant – Gazeta.Ru) was done by the second composition of the Pre-Trial Chamber… namely, judges Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Italian, former prosecutor of Rome and adviser to the President of the Senate of Italy), Antoine Kesia Mindua (citizen D. R. Kongo, who lived all his life in France and Switzerland) and Tomoko Akane (Japanese prosecutor). A sort of “troika” of ICC judges, where all the defendants are clearly unfriendly to Russia, ”the message says.

Kosachev noted that this is the case when "the case is sewn with white thread."

The day before, the pre-trial chamber of the ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president and children's ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova due to possible involvement in "illegal deportation and displacement of the population, in particular children," from Ukraine to the Russian Federation.

In response, the State Duma proposed to recognize the ICC that issued the arrest warrant for Putin as extremist.

On March 18, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said in an interview with CNN that the ICC's issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the Russian president was "regrettable" but was the first step in numerous other investigations.

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