'Dead to us': Trump will ban, arrest International Criminal Court judges


The United States will threaten to impose sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) judges if they go ahead with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by usa personnel in Afghanistan, Reuters reports.

Last November, the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said the court would investigate "war crimes by members of the United States armed forces" and "secret detention facilities in Afghanistan" used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Bolton's verbal assault against the ICC came as the Trump administration announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) mission in Washington.

The United States threatened Monday to arrest and prosecute judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.

The Hague-based court's response comes a day after the U.S. threatened to arrest and sanction court officials should they move to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.

The ICC was created to be permanent and independent of national governments as it investigated war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The United States may also negotiate more binding bilateral agreements to bar nations from surrendering American citizens to the global court. "We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the USA criminal system", he said.

It added: "This decision is also consistent with administration and congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the worldwide criminal court".

The second was the Palestinian move to bring Israel before the ICC over allegations of human rights abuses in Gaza and the occupied West Bank - a move dismissed by Israel as politicised.

The national security adviser's announcement drew applause from the conservative crowd but was sharply criticised by Palestinian leaders and officials.

He added that the USA would "not allow the ICC, or any other organisation, to constrain Israel's right to self-defence" or to "defend citizens from terrorist attacks".

They deemed the planned PLO mission closure a new pressure tactic by a Trump administration that has slashed funding to a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees and to hospitals in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as capital of a future state.

Bolton said the U.S. would "take note" of other countries' cooperation with the ICC and "will remember that cooperation when settling USA foreign assistance, military assistance, and intelligence sharing levels".

The decision follows an extended period of estrangement between the Palestinian Authority government on the West Bank and the administration, which has already canceled most US aid to Palestinians and recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. George W. Bush formally renounced any US obligations to the court when it began operating in 2002.

Bolton said the USA would "not sit quietly" if the ICC came after it, Israel, or other United States allies.

The move is the latest in a pressure campaign on the Palestinians by the White House, including slashing funding, as it prepares to roll out its long-awaited peace proposal for the Israelis and Palestinians.

If the global body doesn't listen, the Trump administration could ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the country.

He also condemned the court's record since it formally started up in 2002, and argued that most major nations had not joined. And Bolton added, "We will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense", per the Wall Street Journal. He vowed to "protect the rights of our citizens living in the United States to access their consular services".

Now the pendulum is swinging back with a vengeance, as Bolton labeled the court "illegitimate" and "dead to us".

The United States says the offices of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington should close.