Date: 7 days ago   Category: Society

The USA withdrew visas of a part of staff of the International Criminal Court - Pompeo

The USA cancelled visas to the staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who, in opinion. the American side, can be involved in investigations against citizens of the USA because of their activity in military mission in Afghanistan. The American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told on March 15 about it at a briefing, the press service of department reports.

"In November, 2017 the prosecutor of MUS requested approval to start investigation of "a situation in Afghanistan". It can illegally be undertaken for prosecutions and sentences in relation to the American personnel", - the official told.

It noted that request of the prosecutor for investigation is not reviewed yet.

"Thus, today, having the right to announce visa restrictions for any foreigner, "whose entry or the planned activity into the USA can have potentially serious adverse foreign policy effects", I announce visa restrictions for those persons who bear direct responsibility for any investigation made by MUS concerning personnel of the USA. Here persons who take actions for inquiry or further conducting such investigation enter. These visa restrictions can be also used for control of efforts of MUS on prosecution of personnel of allies, including Israelis, without the consent of allies", - Pompeo told.

the Official told that he cannot tell whom it is affected restrictions as information on visas is confidential.

"On these visa restrictions our efforts do not come to an end. We are ready to take additional steps, including economic sanctions if MUS does not change the course... Not late, that the court changed a course, and we insistently urge to make it immediately", - he told. the prosecutor's office of MUS declared

B to 2016 existence of the bases to suspect that the American armed and prospecting forces committed war crimes, including tortures, in Afghanistan and in secret prisons of CIA in 2003-2004.

on September 10, 2018 the adviser to the U.S. President for national security John Bolton warned that if investigation of these alleged crimes is begun, the USA can break off the relations with the International Criminal Court and forbid it to judges and prosecutors entrance on the territory of the country.

In the International Criminal Court answered that they will continue to work according to the principles.



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