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US imposes visa bans on International Criminal Court investigators - Pompeo

16 March 2019, 02:34 | Devin Moran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions at the State Department in Washington

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions at the State Department in Washington

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced new restrictions regarding probes from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The United States says it will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in Afghanistan.

"I'm announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of USA personnel", Pompeo told a news conference in Washington.

The United States announced its first sanctions against the International Criminal Court Friday, threatening visa restrictions for anyone involved in a potential probe of American soldiers' actions in Afghanistan.

Pompeo's announcement came after John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser and a longtime critic of the ICC, threatened to impose sanctions on court officials in September if they continued to pursue an investigation of potential crimes by USA civilians or military personnel in Afghanistan.

"We will not cooperate with the ICC".

"The ICC is attacking America's rule of law", Pompeo told a news conference on Friday.

"These visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts", Pompeo said.

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A State Department official said the United States would allow court officials to travel for meetings to the United Nations headquarters in NY.

"Further measures, including economic sanctions, could follow, " Pompeo warned.

"We are determined to protect American and allied civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation", he said. Afghanistan is a signatory. In a statement he said that the court is "non-political and "an independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under global law".

"But that's not how law works, " he said on Twitter.

Supporters of the court slammed Pompeo's announcement on Friday.

Nevertheless, Human Rights Watch was not happy by the Trump Admsinstatrion's latest move, calling it "thuggish".

"Taking action against those who work for the ICC sends a clear message to torturers and murderers alike: Their crimes may continue unchecked", the group's Washington director, Andrea Prasow, said, calling on USA lawmakers to express support for the court.

Since its creation, the court has filed charges against dozens of suspects including former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels before he could be arrested, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is accused of charges including genocide in Darfur. The court has convicted just eight defendants. He said ICC judges and prosecutors would be banned from coming to the U.S., their assets in USA jurisdictions frozen and they would face prosecution in the United States. Others have quit, including Burundi and the Philippines.






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