"This is for courts to decide": Brazilian President changes his mind about probability of Putin's arrest
Brazilian President Lula da Silva has changed his mind about the likelihood of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's arrest. Now he says that these issues are up to the courts
Da Silva's statement was made on September 11, UOL reports.
Brazil is a signatory to the Rome Statute and therefore is obliged to comply with the decisions of the International Criminal Court.
"I don't know if the court or the Brazilian justice system will arrest him (Putin - ed.). This is for the courts to decide, not the (Brazilian - ed.) government and not the parliament. This is important. I really want to look into this issue of this International Criminal Court, because the United States is not a signatory to it, and Russia is not a signatory to it either. So, I want to know why Brazil is a signatory to a court that the United States does not accept," the Brazilian president said.
On March 17, 2023, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin. He is suspected of illegally deporting Ukrainian children.
In August, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said he could issue new arrest warrants for Putin, including for war crimes committed by the Wagner PMC group.
On September 10, Lula da Silva said that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be arrested if he attends the G20 meeting in Rio de Janeiro next year.