How NATO states sponsored ICC prosecutor’s Putin arrest warrant
Saturday April 15, 2023
Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, stood before a podium on March 3, 2023, and issued an unusual qualifier: “Of course the prosecutor of the ICC does not, whatever affection and regard I may have for my dear friends in Ukraine – has no special affinity to any particular country. We’re not a party to any hostilities.”
“We have an affinity to legality,” Khan insisted in British-accented English. “We have an affinity and commitment to the rule of law.”
Khan made his declaration of legal independence while headlining the “United for Justice” conference, an event personally organized in Lviv, Ukraine, by President Volodymyr Zelensky. There, he pressed the flesh with Ukraine’s president and conferred with US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who had stopped in to advance the Biden administration’s effort to haul Russian President Vladimir Putin before an international war crimes tribunal.
It was Khan’s fourth visit to Ukraine since the Russian military invaded the country in February 2022.