A senior judge at the UN International Criminal Court in The Hague has resigned in protest of “shocking” interference from the Trump administration into a preliminary war-crimes investigation into U.S. troops.
The judge, Christoph Flügge, who hails from Germany, slammed National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response last year to a preliminary investigation into American soldiers accused of torturing people in Afghanistan.
That investigation ultimately found “a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” were committed by U.S. military forces.
Bolton called for sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and warned the body against pursuing any investigations into “Israel or other U.S. criminal allies.
Bolton even cited a Palestinian-led effort to bring Israel to the ICC over its human-rights abuses in Gaza and the West Bank as a reason for closing the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington.
Bolton went on to promise to ban ICC “judges and prosecutors from entering the USA.
The attacks from the White House were one of two reasons for Flügge’s resignation, as the judge was left aghast by the UN’s deferential response to Turkey.
Turkey arrested Aydın Sefa Akay, another UN judge, over alleged links to Fethullah Gülen, a cleric living in exile in the USA whom Turkish President Recep Erdoğan claims is the mastermind behind the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system.
The assaults by Turkey and the USA were both undertaken in the summertime. Afterwards, Flügge said he realized that the “diplomatic world” did not value the independent judiciary that was the ICC.
If these judges ever interfere in the domestic concerns of the USA or investigate an American citizen. Bolton said the American government would do all it could to ensure that these judges would no longer be allowed to travel to the USA, and that they would perhaps even be criminally prosecuted.”
Mint Press. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.