ICC threatened with US sanctions

September 11, 2018

BOLTON: The US has threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it goes ahead with prosecutions against Americans.

The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

National Security Adviser John Bolton called the court “illegitimate” and vowed the US would do everything “to protect our citizens”.

The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court.

The court investigates and brings to justice people responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, intervening when national authorities cannot or will not prosecute.

The ICC was established by the Rome Statute in 2002, and has been ratified by 123 countries, including the UK. INP