In company with Gaddafi, Milosevic and Gbagbo: Putin became the seventh head of state accused by international justice
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has become the seventh head of state in history to be accused by international justice. On Friday, March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for the president of the aggressor country, Russia, now suspected of forcibly relocating Ukrainian children.
Earlier, international justice accused six more heads of state. Among them are Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, Kenyan politician Uhuru Kenyatta, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Liberian President Charles Taylor, and former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
Omar al-Bashir in 2008, he was accused of organizing a genocide related to the conflict in Darfur (an inter-ethnic conflict in which the Sudanese authorities and the Arab Janjaweed militia, according to the UN, carried out a policy of genocide against the local population). Only in 2019 he was removed from power and arrested. The Hague has not yet issued it.
He became the first sitting head of state to have an arrest warrant issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The arrest warrant Muammar Gaddafi was issued in 2011 in connection with the commission of crimes against humanity. In particular, during operations to suppress mass protests inside the country, Gaddafi gave orders to shoot dissenting demonstrators alive. The politician escaped the International Court of Justice in The Hague – he was killed by the rebels.
The first head of state in history to present before the ISS in 2011 was Laurent Gbagbo. He was charged with crimes against humanity committed during the armed conflict in the country in 2010-2011. After 8 years, in 2019, Gbagbo was acquitted.
Uhuru Kenyatta accused by the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity during the political crisis in Kenya in 2007-2008. In 2014, the charge was dropped due to lack of evidence.
Charles Taylor became the first convicted head of state. He was tried by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and complicity in crimes against humanity. On May 30, 2012, the court sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison.
Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Serbia, died in the UN prison in The Hague, without waiting for the verdict He was judged by the predecessor of the ICC – the Tribunal from the former Yugoslavia. He was accused of ethnic cleansing, deportation of the civilian population, crimes against humanity, violating the rules of war and non-compliance with the Geneva Conventions.
Later they added organization and genocide, the establishment of political control over the Serbian police and the forces of the Yugoslav People’s Army.
As GLOBAL HAPPENINGS reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the decision of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands) to issue a warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin historic. The Ukrainian leader thanked the team of Prosecutor Karim Khan, the staff of the ISS and everyone who helps us fight for justice.
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