US SANCTIONS INT’L CRIMINAL COURT FOR PROBING US ATROCITIES
US President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against individuals involved in an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, Steve Holland reported for Reuters on June 11, 2020.
A senior Trump administration official, without providing details, said the ICC investigation is “being pushed forward by an organization of dubious integrity” and accused Russia of having a role.
The order authorizes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in consultation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to block assets in the US of ICC employees involved in the probe, the official said. It also authorizes Pompeo to block entry into the United States of these individuals.
Trump has repeatedly assailed The Hague-based ICC set up to prosecute war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. It has jurisdiction only if a member state is unable or unwilling to prosecute atrocities itself. Afghanistan is a member of the ICC, though Kabul has argued that any war crimes should be prosecuted locally. The US government has never been a member of the court established in 2002.