The decision of the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of involvement in the forcible deportation of Ukrainian children to Russian territory during the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war since February 24, opened the door to history. and expediency of this judgment.
There have been many questions about the possibility of his courts convicting the Russian president and whether he has actually been able to try presidents and high-ranking officials in the past.
In a cursory glance at the most prominent names that have been prosecuted, including political leaders for war crimes, Slobodan Milosevic’s name comes first.
The former Yugoslav president has been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.
However, Milosevic, handed over to The Hague in 2001, whose trial lasted for about 5 years without a final decision, died in his cell in 2006 “without a sentence”!
Also among the presidents who faced the fate of international justice after long considering themselves above the law was Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia.
In 2012, he was convicted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In addition, the same fate befell Radovan Karadzic, the former president of the Republika Srpska, and Ratko Mladic, the former army commander of the Republika Srpska.
Karadzic was arrested in 2008 and found guilty of genocide. While his military commander Mladic was imprisoned in 2011, he was given a life sentence.
As for returning to Putin, many observers rule out that the same fate awaits him, especially since Moscow called the court’s decision null and void.
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