Opening the decision of the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin Accusing him of being involved in the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russian territory during the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war since February 24, the door on the history and feasibility of that court.
Questions abounded about the possibility of its courts convicting the Russian president, and whether it had actually been able to try presidents and high-ranking officials in the past.
In a quick look at the most prominent names that have been prosecuted, including political leaders for war crimes, the name of Slobodan Milosevic appears first.
The former Yugoslav president, the court has charged him with genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.
However, Milosevic, who was handed over to The Hague in 2001, and whose trial took about 5 years without issuing a final decision, died in his cell in 2006 “without judgment”!
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Also among the presidents who faced the fate of international justice, after they believed for a long time that they were above the law, was Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.
He was convicted by the International Criminal Court in 2012 of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In addition, Radovan Karadzic, former President of the Republika Srpska, and Ratko Mladic, a former commander in the Republika Srpska army, faced the same fate.
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Karadzic was arrested in 2008 and found guilty of genocide. While its military commander, Mladic, was imprisoned in 2011, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
As for returning to Putin, many observers rule out that he will face the same fate, especially since Moscow described the court’s decision as null and useless.