U.S. to Deny Visas for ICC Investigators over Afghanistan Probe

HeadlineMar 18, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday the U.S. will start denying visas to members of the International Criminal Court who may be investigating alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “In November of 2017, the ICC prosecutor requested approval to initiate an investigation into, quote, 'the situation in Afghanistan,' end of quote, that could illegitimately target American personnel for prosecutions and sentencing. … I’m announcing a policy of U.S. visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of U.S. personnel.”

In response to the news, the ACLU said, “This is an unprecedented attempt to skirt international accountability for well-documented war crimes that haunt our clients to this day.”

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