Carla Del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor for two UN war crimes tribunals, called for the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with a Swiss newspaper published Saturday.
“Putin is a war criminal,” Del Ponte, who oversaw the UN’s prosecution of war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia from 1999 to 2007, told Le Temps,
Del Ponte said an international arrest warrant would restrict Putin from leaving Russia, and “it would be a strong signal that he has many states against him,” according to Deutsche Welle.
She said attacks on civilians and bombardment of civilian buildings and villages were among war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.
Both Russia and Ukraine should be investigated for alleged war crimes, she said, referring to reports of Ukrainian soldiers’ shooting and torturing Russian prisoners of war.