Trump sanctions War Crimes judges who push for his arrest for war crimes

Trump lists respected international judge as "terrorist" for enforcing international law


Mike Pompeo says ICC ‘continues to target American War Criminals
Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko have assets blocked

Guardian: The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court, Fatou Bensouda, in the latest of a series of unilateral and radical foreign policy moves.

Announcing the sanctions, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, did not give any specific reasons for the move other than to say the ICC “continues to target Americans” and that Bensouda was “materially assisting” that alleged effort.


He also announced sanctions against Phakiso Mochochoko, the ICC’s director of jurisdiction, complementary and cooperation division.

The US Treasury issued a statement saying Bensouda and Mochochoko had been deemed “specially designated nationals”, grouping them alongside terrorists and narcotics traffickers, blocking their assets and prohibited US citizens from having any dealings with them.

In June, Donald Trump issued an executive order imposing sanctions on ICC officials involved in investigating Americans, in response to the court’s decision to open an inquiry into war crimes committed by all sides in Afghanistan.

>The US also opposes ICC scrutiny of Israeli crimes against Palestinians as part of an investigation that also looks at abuses carried out by Palestinian security forces.

The US was roundly condemned for its anti-ICC campaign, which was not supported by any other western democracy or US ally apart from Israel.

In a statement in response to the sanctions on Wednesday, the ICC said: “These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court…and the rule of law more generally.”

Richard Dicker, the international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said the announcement “marks a stunning perversion of US sanctions, devised to penalize rights abusers and kleptocrats, to persecute those tasked with prosecuting international crimes”.


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  1. Because if a court ever was faced with issues related to the Doctrine of Discovery (deemed illegal as a means of land claims), it would delegitimize the US and Israel. Both are states that rely on biblical history or authority by such, to claim land.
    Also, the case could be heard to question the origin and authenticity of the bible itself, and the proof exists to charge fraud on a global basis.
    All this aside from the war crimes.

  2. Not only sanctions but US citizens prohibited with making contact.
    So if US soldier or contractor or drone operator approaches the ICC with obvious evidence of war crimes they will be arrested, as a terrorist?

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