The US government has roasted the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling the top Court “illegitimate” and threatening its justices with sanctions if they continue with a probe into alleged war crimes committed by American soldiers in Afghanistan.
The ICC is an intergovernmental organization based in Hague, Netherlands, established in July 2002 to prosecute individuals for international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court” President Trump’s top Security Adviser, John Bolton said.
“We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States,” Mr Bolton told the Federalist Society, a conservative group in Washington DC on the Monday 10 this month.
“We will sanction their funds in the US financial system and will prosecute them in the US criminal system” he added.
The ICC has come under criticism for prosecuting African leaders. Some African leaders have accused the world’s judicial body of only prosecuting leaders from small and weak states, while ignoring crimes committed by individuals from powerful countries like the US, UK, China and Russia. Until 2016, all the major cases which the ICC was prosecuting involved Africans.
Supporters of the Court see the US criticism as a momentary attack, likely to gone away with the Trump administration.