Bravo! More fantastic work from the Trump administration. The corrupt ICC is anti-American, anti-Semitic, and pro-jihad. ICC prosecutors must not go unpunished for what Secretary Pompeo describes as “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.”
Today's designations make clear that the United States will not tolerate the @IntlCrimCourt's reckless targeting of U.S. personnel. America's commitment to real justice and accountability remains unwavering.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 2, 2020
Pompeo blasts ‘broken and corrupt’ International Criminal Court, sanctions prosecutors September 2, 2020
By World Israel News, September 3, 2020
The ICC’s chief prosecutor was sanctioned based on the court’s “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The United States sanctioned two top officials at the International Criminal Court, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in announcing the move on Wednesday, called a “thoroughly broken and corrupt institution.”
ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, head of The Hague court’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, were sanctioned for the court’s “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction,” Pompeo told reporters at the U.S. State Department.
He warned that individuals and entities “that continue to support those individuals risk exposure to sanctions as well.”
The ICC has been investigating whether war crimes have been committed by the United States in the war in Afghanistan and by Israel during the 2014 summer war with Gaza (the Israel Defense Forces’ “Operation Protective Edge”), in addition to alleged crimes in the West Bank’s disputed territories.
In June, the Trump administration authorized sanctions against ICC officials behind those investigations, in addition to visa restrictions against ICC officials and their family members.
Last year, the United States revoked Bensouda’s visa after she requested ICC judges to open a probe into alleged war crimes by the United States in Afghanistan.
Neither the United States nor Israel is a member of The Hague court.
Richard Dicker, the international justice director at Human Rights Watch, told the AP that the move is “a stunning perversion of U.S. sanctions, devised to penalize rights abusers and kleptocrats, to persecute those tasked with prosecuting international crimes.”
“The Trump administration has twisted these sanctions to obstruct justice, not only for certain war crimes victims but for atrocity victims anywhere looking to the International Criminal Court for justice,” he said.
Human-rights lawyer and Middle East analyst Irina Tsukerman told JNS that Bensouda and Mochochoko have aided and abetted what she deemed corruption.