Pompeo criticizes the International Criminal Court's order to investigate crimes in Afghanistan

Pompeo criticizes the International Criminal Court's order to investigate crimes in Afghanistan

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioned the order issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the Taliban, US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, calling it an unconstitutional decision.

According to a statement issued by the US State Department, Mike Pompeo said that "the Appeal Chamber of the International Criminal Court has ordered the investigation of the alleged activities of Taliban, US and Afghan officials in Afghanistan by unreliable political organizations. Is such a step to take '.

"Such an order is a cause of concern a few days after the US signs a historic peace deal with Afghanistan because it is a great opportunity for peace," he said.

The US Secretary of State said that "the Afghan government itself appealed to the International Criminal Court not to be heard in this regard but for the purposes of the ICC politicians."

He said that "America was not a party to the ICC and we will take all necessary steps to protect our citizens from this so-called court."

Mike Pompeo said, "This is another indication of how the situation arises when there is a lack of responsible leadership in the oversight of large institutions and beyond political understanding".

"The ICC, unfortunately, confirms the condemnation by the worst critics over the past 3 decades," he said.

It is pertinent to note that the International Criminal Court ordered an inquiry into humanitarian war crimes committed by the Taliban, Afghan and US forces in Afghanistan as well as the CIA.

According to the News AP, this is the first time a prosecution has been ordered to prosecute a criminal against US forces, but it is also worth mentioning that the earlier cooperation with the Washington International Criminal Court's judicial jurisdiction has been rejected. Has been denying.

It should be remembered that in 2018, the then US National Security Advisor John Bolton, on the occasion of the 9/11 attacks, said that the United States should take this unfair court action to protect its citizens and citizens of allied countries like Israel. But can go to any length.

The White House said that as far as US law permits, the Trump administration may, according to him, ban the entry of US judges and prosecutors from the International Criminal Court into the United States court.


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