Tuesday, October 26, 2021

ICC won’t investigate US or its allies over Afghanistan case

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says it will not investigate the United States or other coalition members for alleged violations of human rights in Afghanistan.

By Norbert Geier , CNN

(CNN) – The International Criminal Court will not investigate the United States or other coalition members for alleged violations of human rights in Afghanistan, it said Tuesday.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced he was cutting $65 million in aid to Afghanistan amid a surge in insurgent attacks, in an announcement that surprised Afghan officials.

In response, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah welcomed the United States’ decision to withdraw from the ICC.

“This decision is a good decision because the presence of the US army and American people is a part of the international community. They have to respect other countries,” Abdullah said.

According to the ICC statement, its prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has been asking Afghan officials for months for information relevant to the case. Bensouda received new information this month from the United States regarding the allegations and concluded that her office would not prosecute the United States or any of its member countries, the statement said.

The prosecutor will now focus on another case, it said.

Also Tuesday, Trump announced he would order a review of America’s membership in the United Nations Security Council.

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