France calls on U.S. to drop sanctions against ICC staff
PARIS, Sept 3- France called on the United States to withdraw sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday. The U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Bensouda over her investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan and said that Phakiso…
PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – France called on the United States
to withdraw sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor
Fatou Bensouda, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said
The U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Bensouda over herinvestigation into whether American forces committed war crimesin Afghanistan and said that Phakiso Mochochoko, head of theICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division,had also been blacklisted.
“The measures announced are a grave attack against the court… and put into question multilateralism and the independenceof the judiciary,” Le Drian said in a statement and pledgedFrance’s unwavering support for the court and its staff.
(Reporting by Geert De ClercqEditing by Chris Reese)
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