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US to deny visas to ICC officials who probe American troops, Israel
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Mar 15, 2019 4:04 PM 1+ week ago

Pompeo made good on a threat delivered last September by US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton. The US had already moved against some employees of The Hague-based court, Pompeo said, but he declined to say how many or what cases they may have been investigating.

"We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation," Pompeo said.

The visa restrictions would apply to any ICC employee who takes or has taken action "to request or further such an investigation," Pompeo said.

"These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies' consent," he said.

The ICC prosecutor has a pending request to look into possible war crimes in Afghanistan that may involve Americans. The Palestinians have also asked the court to bring cases against Israel.

Speaking directly to ICC employees, ...

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