The Hague Tribunal will not undertake legal proceedings against the Russian Federation on the annexation of the Crimea
According to Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson at the International Criminal Court, the ICC cannot undertake legal proceedings against Russia concerning the illegal annexation of the Crimea.
According to the spokesperson, the Hague Tribunal may acquire a new function allowing the court to hear cases involving acts of aggression and annexation in late 2017.
“This provision is defined in the Rome Statute. However, it will take legal effect in 2017. In November 2017 we will take a vote pro or contra this part of legal liability. Depending on the results, we will know whether this crime is judicable or not”, – said Mr. Abdallah, noting that the adjustments to the Statute must be ratified by the Assembly of 30 States Parties.
Abdullah also explained why Ukraine will not be able to apply to the Hague Tribunal after the procedure is completed. “I do not think it is applicable to the facts that have happened in the past. All the events that occurred before the adjustment will have come into legal force will not be considered by the court”.
He also reminded that currently the court considers cases involving crimes against humanity, crimes committed during the wars, and genocide.
It should be noted that Russia has refused to comply with the ECHR decision on the annexation of the Crimea.