International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan has been added to the wanted list in Russia, in response to the arrest warrant issued for Vladimir Putin by the ICC two months ago. Russian authorities have not specified the nature of the offense for which Khan is wanted.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, has been placed on the list of people wanted by the Russian authorities. The move comes two months after the ICC issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged crimes.
The notice published by the Russian Interior Ministry reads as follows: “Date of birth: 30 March 1970. Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland (…) Wanted under a section of the Penal Code”, indicates this notice published on the ministry’s website and consulted on Friday by AFP journalists, without specifying the nature of the offense.
This escalation in tension between Russia and the ICC comes against the backdrop of already strained international relations. The ICC had issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin in March this year, alleging his responsibility for alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine. Russia strongly rejected these accusations and criticized the functioning and impartiality of the ICC.
Karim Khan, who took office in June 2021 as the new ICC prosecutor, is an experienced and respected British lawyer. His appointment was hailed for his commitment to international justice and his expertise in prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Russia’s decision to place Karim Khan on the wanted list is likely to provoke a strong reaction from the international community. Human rights organizations and governments allied with the ICC have previously expressed concern about the deteriorating relationship between Russia and the International Criminal Court.