Marco Buschmann, Minister of Justice of Germany, said that if the Russian president sets foot on German soil, he will be arrested in accordance with the issued warrant.
As writes edition Zeit, quoting the minister, in such a case, the International Criminal Court will promptly turn to Interpol and the country’s leadership, and demand the execution of the warrant:
“Then Germany will be obliged to arrest President Putin if he enters German territory and hand him over to the ICC.”
Buschmann explained that, unlike national law enforcement agencies, the ICC can also take action against heads of state. Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed the decision of the ICC and said that the arrest warrant Putin shows: no one is above the law.
As you know, the Pre-trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued warrants for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseevna Lvova-Belova, who is the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
In response to the statements of the German Minister Alexander Bastrykin, Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia, instructed to give them a legal assessment:
“The Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee instructed the central office of the department, as part of the ongoing audit, to give the necessary legal assessment of the statements of the Minister of Justice of Germany on the fulfillment of the illegal requirement of the International Criminal Court to arrest citizens of the Russian Federation in Germany.”
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