US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will impose sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, accusing them of “unlawful attempts to subject the Americans to its jurisdiction.”
Pompeo said that the United States will blacklist the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, and Director of the Jurisdiction, Cooperation and Complementation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor of the Court, Vaciso Mushushoku, and will impose visa restrictions on certain individuals.
The US Treasury Department published a statement on its website regarding the sanctions that included Bensouda and Mushushoku’s names.
The administration of US President Donald Trump had threatened the International Criminal Court with penalties if its investigations continued into possible war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan and Israelis in Palestine.
In 2019 Washington canceled the attorney general’s visa for the court.