Russia has added Piotr Hofmansky, the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to its wanted list months after the organization issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes in Ukraine, according to reports.
An alert in the Russian Interior Ministry database indicated that Hofmansky was placed on the wanted list, although it did not elaborate on the allegations, according to Russian state news website TASS.
“Hofmanski Piotr Jozef, Polish. He is wanted under an article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” the statement said, according to Agence France-Presse.
In March, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Russia’s Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, alleging that they deported children from Ukraine to Russia since they invaded the country.
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Russia, which is not a member of the ICC, has since insisted that the warrant for Putin is invalid and has issued arrest warrants for other ICC judges and prosecutors.
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Meanwhile, independent UN-backed human rights experts said on Monday they had found consistent evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces in their war against Ukraine.
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The alleged war crimes include torture – some of it with such “brutality” that it resulted in death – and the rape of women as young as 83.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.