Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'
September 14, 2020 | News | No Comments
President Donald Trump on Friday called the International Criminal Court’s decision not to probe alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, including those committed by U.S. troops and the CIA, “a major international victory,” and issued a not-so-subtle threat against any entity that would attempt to investigate “American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution.”
His statement reads, in full:
As Common Dreams reported, the ICC’s decision to reject the request from ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to probe possible war crimes and crimes against humanity followed bullying efforts by senior members of the Trump administration—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton—who targeted ICC staff over the possible investigation. The administration even revoked Bensouda’s entry visa, it was reported last week.
While welcomed by the Trump White House, the court’s decision drew outrage from a number of human rights organizations, including the U.K.-based group Reprieve.
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