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Trump Issues Executive Order Authorising Sanctions Against African Lawyer Bensouda and other ICC Official

US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) workers involved in probing American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without US consent.

The president has also authorized the expansion of visa restrictions against International Criminal Court officials and their family members including Fatou Bensouda the Gambian lawyer and international criminal law prosecutor who brought up the War Crime Case in Afganistan against the United Staes

The ICC greenlighted a probe into possible war crimes in Afghanistan just days after the US struck a peace deal with the Taliban* as a means to de-escalate what is now America’s longest-running armed conflict.

According to the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the crimes committed in Afghanistan and on the territories of other states through the US torture program belong before the ICC because of their widespread and systematic nature, the harm done, and the unwillingness of the American government to investigate and prosecute the civilian and military leaders responsible for those acts.

The United States refused to join the ICC, which is based in the Netherlands