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Poland gave ICC evidence of Russian abduction of Ukrainian children: official

21.03.2023 10:30
A Polish deputy justice minister has said that Polish prosecutors have provided the International Criminal Court (ICC) with evidence of Russia’s abduction of Ukrainian children, a possible war crime for which Vladimir Putin is now wanted by the Hague-based court.
Sebastian Kaleta.
Sebastian Kaleta.PAP/Paweł Supernak

Sebastian Kaleta made the statement as he attended a meeting of justice ministers in London on Monday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

More than 40 nations were represented at the meeting, hosted by UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Dutch Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, in an effort “to boost international support for the ICC’s vital investigations into war crimes,” according to officials.

'Evidence of Russian abduction of Ukrainian children’

During the London conference, Kaleta told state broadcaster TVP Info that the international community had been working for months on a legal framework for bringing to justice those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine. 

The Polish deputy justice minister noted that the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin last week.

Kaleta stated: “Poland has been one of the leaders in this process. Our prosecution service, which is conducting an investigation together with prosecutors in many other countries and ICC prosecutors, has collected, at the request of Polish Justice Minister and Prosecutor-General Zbigniew Ziobro, a body of evidence that was useful in these [ICC] proceedings.”

Kaleta added: “The Polish prosecution service has gathered, and supplied the ICC with, very serious evidence of child abductions, including material from filtration camps.”

He told TVP Info: “The perpetrators of some of the crimes have been identified directly. It’s Poland’s significant contribution to holding the criminals from Russia accountable.” 

Arrest warrant for Putin  

The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president, accusing him of being responsible for war crimes committed in Ukraine.

The Hague-based court said Putin was allegedly responsible for unlawful deportation of children and unlawful transfer of people from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.

Separately, the court issued a warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's Commissioner for Children's Rights, on the same charges, news outlets reported.

Tuesday is day 391 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, gazetaprawna.pl, gov.uk