"With a good guise": Russians wanted to infiltrate the World Criminal Court

What exactly happened in Bucha? The International Criminal Court in The Hague is investigating against Moscow on this issue.

"With a good guise": Russians wanted to infiltrate the World Criminal Court

What exactly happened in Bucha? The International Criminal Court in The Hague is investigating against Moscow on this issue. Dutch authorities discover inconsistencies in an intern candidate in court. They expose him as a Russian intelligence officer.

According to Dutch authorities, the Russian secret service has tried to smuggle in an agent at the International Criminal Court. A Russian officer from the military information service GRU had received an internship at the International Criminal Court with a forged Brazilian passport, according to the Dutch secret service AIVD in The Hague. The 36-year-old Russian was unmasked by the AIVD and arrested at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The International Criminal Court is currently investigating possible war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine and Georgia. According to the AIVD, the Russian could have caused great damage at the International Criminal Court. "The threat posed by the intelligence officer was potentially very high." The man "used a well-designed cover," the AIVD said, "cloaking all ties with Russia and especially the GRU."

He was declared an "undesirable person" and sent back to Brazil on the next plane. The arrest was made possible by a collaboration between various international services. The incident reportedly happened in April, but has only just been announced. No further details were given.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, sent 42 investigators to Ukraine in May. At the end of February, shortly after the start of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, Khan had announced investigations into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. In April, the chief prosecutor visited the Ukrainian city of Bucha, where the bodies of numerous civilians were discovered after Russian troops withdrew. At that time he described the entire Ukraine as a possible "crime scene".

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