Mike Corder, Associated Press
Updated 4:45 pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chances of American servicemen being charged and sent to face justice at the International Criminal Court are remote, even if the chief prosecutor opens an investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan, legal experts said Tuesday.
Stephen Rapp, a former ambassador at large for war crimes issues in the Obama administration told The Associated Press he considers it “highly, highly unlikely” an American will be prosecuted at the world’s first international court with global reach, based in The Hague, Netherlands.
Rapp’s comments came a day after the ICC’s chief prosecutor said in a report that U.S. forces in Afghanistan may have committed the war crime of torture when interrogating detainees, opening the possibility of Americans being prosecuted even though their country is not a member of the court.
“Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014,” according to the report issued late Monday by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office. Bensouda didn’t comment on the report Tuesday.
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Russia to Withdraw From the International Criminal Court
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree for Russia to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The president’s decree, published on an official portal for legal information, says to “accept the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Justice in agreement with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other federal bodies of executive power, along with the Russian Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation and the Russian Investigative Committee, about sending the Secretary General of the United Nations notice of the intention of the Russian Federation to no longer be a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”
The decree will take effect once it has been signed.
The Rome Statute is the treaty which established the International Criminal Court. Russia originally signed the treaty in 2000.