The US has revoked the entry visa for the prosecutor of the Worldwide Felony Courtroom (ICC), Fatou Bensouda.
The choice is regarded as the US response to Ms Bensouda’s investigation into doable struggle crimes by American forces and their allies in Afghanistan.
The US secretary of state had warned the US would possibly refuse or revoke visas to any ICC employees concerned in such probes.
Ms Bensouda’s workplace mentioned the ICC prosecutor would proceed to her duties “with out worry or favour”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned: “If you happen to’re accountable for the proposed ICC investigation of US personnel in reference to the scenario in Afghanistan, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll nonetheless have or get a visa, or that you’ll be permitted to enter the USA.
“We’re ready to take further steps, together with financial sanctions if the ICC doesn’t change its course,” he added.
A 2016 report from the ICC mentioned there was an affordable foundation to consider the US army had dedicated torture at secret detention websites in Afghanistan operated by the CIA, and that the Afghan authorities and the Taliban had dedicated struggle crimes.
The US, which has been vital of the ICC because it was established, is amongst dozens of countries to not have joined the courtroom.
What’s the ICC?
The courtroom investigates and brings to justice folks accountable for genocide, crimes in opposition to humanity, and struggle crimes, intervening when nationwide authorities can not or won’t prosecute.
The ICC was established by a UN treaty in 2002, and has been ratified by 123 international locations, together with the UK.
Nevertheless a number of international locations, together with China, India, and Russia, have refused to hitch.
Some African international locations have known as for withdrawal from the courtroom over perceived unfair therapy of Africans.