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Biden ends sanctions against International Criminal Court team pursuing US troops

President Biden on Friday lifted sanctions against two prosecutors on the International Criminal Court who’re investigating US troops for potential conflict crimes in Afghanistan.

The Trump administration enacted the sanctions in September, additionally citing an investigation of potential Israeli misconduct.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated in an announcement, “As we speak, President Biden revoked Govt Order 13928 … ending the risk and imposition of financial sanctions and visa restrictions in reference to the Court.”

“Because of this, the sanctions imposed by the earlier administration against ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Workplace of the Prosecutor, have been lifted,” Blinken stated.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), speaks to journalists after briefing the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in Libya today at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2016
Former President Trump’s administration had positioned sanctions on ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
Luiz Rampelotto/Pacific Press/LightRocket by way of Getty Pictures

Blinken stated that “[w]e proceed to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions regarding the Afghanistan and Palestinian conditions.”

The highest US diplomat echoed the Trump administration’s stance, saying, “We preserve our longstanding objection to the Court’s efforts to say jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Events equivalent to the USA and Israel.”

However Blinken didn’t say if the sanctions had been lifted in alternate for any assurances from the ICC.

In September, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled sanctions against  Bensouda, a citizen of The Gambia, and Mochochoko, a citizen of Lesotho, for investigating US troops, arguing the evaluation was political and that US courts already deal with any wrongdoing by American troops.

“People and entities that proceed to materially help these people threat publicity to sanctions as properly,” Pompeo stated.

In June, then-President Donald Trump licensed sanctions against ICC employees after the court docket’s appeals chamber licensed an investigation of potential Afghanistan conflict crimes, rebuffing earlier US warnings, together with Pompeo threatening visa bans on individuals.

The International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda (C), holds a press conference during her visit to look into allegations of extreme violence on May 3, 2018 in Kinshasa.
Bensouda has been investigating potential conflict crimes dedicated by US troops in Afghanistan.
John Wessels/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

The biting sanctions, imposed by the US Treasury, made it troublesome of the pair to make monetary transactions.

Pompeo referred to as the ICC “a completely damaged and corrupted establishment” and stated “we is not going to tolerate its illegitimate makes an attempt to topic Individuals to its jurisdiction.”

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