Tomoko Akane Elected Head of the Hague Tribunal

by Cheplyk Roman
Monday, March 11, 2024
Tomoko Akane Elected Head of the Hague Tribunal

Judge Tomoko Akane has been elected as the new head of the International Criminal Court (ICC), also known as The Hague Tribunal, by its judges during a plenary session

Akane gained international attention for issuing an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, an action that led to Russia declaring her wanted. This significant election positions Akane at the helm of the court, with Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala serving as the first vice-president and Judge Reine Alapini-Hansu as the second vice-president. These appointments are for a three-year term and take immediate effect.

The ICC's decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin in March 2023, along with the so-called children's ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova for charges of war crimes, underscored the court's commitment to justice. The ICC has also targeted other high-ranking Russian officials, including the commander of Russia's long-range aviation, Serhii Kobylash, and the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Viktor Sokolov, for their roles in the conflict with Ukraine.

With ongoing investigations, the ICC may issue additional warrants against Putin and other senior Russian leaders. The focus on war crimes, including the deportation of Ukrainian children, highlights the court's pivotal role in addressing international law violations. Judge Akane's leadership marks a new chapter for the ICC as it continues its critical work amidst geopolitical tensions.

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