Germany will comply with the decision of the court in The Hague and arrest the suspect in the crimes of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, if he dares to come to the country.
Federal Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany Marko Buschmann confirmed this, reports Ukrinform with reference to the publication Bild.
“I expect that the ICC will quickly turn to Interpol and the contracting states and ask them to ensure compliance,” the minister said, adding that then Germany “will be forced to arrest Putin and hand him over to the ICC if he enters German territory.”
The publication also quotes Professor of International Law Marcel Kau (University of Konstanz), who called the arrest warrant from The Hague “a radical measure with far-reaching legal and – with regard to Putin’s freedom of movement – real consequences.” Putin will have to surrender two-thirds of all states, including all EU members.
“In international law, it is increasingly being said that countries that are not parties to the treaty may also be obliged to extradite the accused to The Hague,” Kau noted. He added that “even if Putin was invited to peace talks in the EU, the warrant for his arrest would have to be removed.”
In any case, it is more likely that Putin will never voluntarily set foot on Western soil again, the report said.
On the eve of the ICJ’s decision regarding Putin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated.
As reported, last Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague charged the head of the Kremlin with the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children, which is recognized as a war crime under international law.
The ISS operates in accordance with the Rome Statute, 123 countries are parties to the treaty.