POST TIME: 12 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
ICC ‘undeterred’ after sanctions threat by US

ICC ‘undeterred’ after sanctions threat by US

The International Criminal Court yesterday said its work would continue "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its judges if Americans are charged with war crimes committed in Afghanistan, reports AFP from The Hague. France and Germany also weighed in to support the Hague-based court after White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said the ICC was "already dead to us". "The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law," the tribunal said in a statement.

In a further show of support, the Hague-based court's overseeing body said it received "strong cooperation and backing" from its 123 member states as well as from other states, international organisations and civil society.

Key states spoke up to defend the ICC, set up in 2002 with jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the world's worst crimes including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. "France, with its European partners, supports the ICC, both in its financial support and with its cooperation," the French foreign ministry said

"The court must be able to act and exercise its prerogatives unhindered, in an independent and impartial manner." Germany's foreign ministry said on Twitter that "we are committed to the work of the ICC -- in particular when it comes under fire".