On US Pressure, ICC refused to investigate American Military and Intelligence war crimes in Afghanistan

On US Pressure, ICC refused to investigate American Military and Intelligence war crimes in Afghanistan
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ISLAMABAD - On US Pressure, ICC refused to investigate American Military and Intelligence war crimes in Afghanistan.

A panel of ICC judges rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to investigate war crimes alleged to have been in Afghanistan by the US military and intelligence services. US President Donald Trump praised the decision, VOA said in a report.

“This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots but for the rule of law,” he said in a statement quoted by the VOA.

Trump noted the United States has “consistently declined” to join the court because of the court’s “broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers” and “the threat it poses to American sovereignty,” as well as other factors that the White House considers "deficiencies that render it illegitimate."

“Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response,” Trump said.

In a separate statement Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said such an investigation “would not serve the interests of justice”.

Washington