Biden ends sanctions against International Criminal Court team pursuing US troops
Blinken said that “[w]e continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations.”
The top US diplomat echoed the Trump administration’s stance, saying, “We maintain our longstanding objection to the Court’s efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel.”
But Blinken did not say if the sanctions were lifted in exchange 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 review was political and that US courts already address any wrongdoing by American troops.
“Individuals and entities that continue to materially support those individuals risk exposure to sanctions as well,” Pompeo said.
In June, then-President Donald Trump authorized sanctions against ICC workers after the court’s appeals chamber authorized an investigation of possible Afghanistan war crimes, rebuffing previous US warnings, including Pompeo threatening visa bans on participants.
The biting sanctions, imposed by the US Treasury, made it difficult of the pair to make financial transactions.Pompeo called the ICC “a thoroughly broken and corrupted institution” and said “we will not tolerate its illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.”