US: Probe into war crimes in Afghanistan unwarranted


An International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of possible war crimes by US forces in Afghanistan is not “warranted or appropriate”, the US state department said after prosecutors in The Hague found initial grounds for such a probe.

A US Department of State spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said on Tuesday that the US was not a party to the Rome Statute that created the ICC and had not consented to its jurisdiction.
She also said Washington had a robust justice system able to deal with such complaints.“The United States is deeply committed to complying with the law of war,” Trudeau told reporters at a news briefing.

“We do not believe that an ICC examination or investigation with respect to actions of US personnel in relation to the situation in Afghanistan is warranted or appropriate.”

Her remarks come a day after ICC prosecutors said in a report that there was "sensible premise to trust" US strengths had tormented no less than 61 detainees in Afghanistan and another 27 at CIA confinement offices somewhere else in 2003 and 2004. 

The prosecutors' office, headed by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, said it would choose inevitably whether to seek after a full examination. The outcomes could prompt to charges being brought against people and the issuing of capture warrants. 

The US possessed Afghanistan in 2001 as it followed al Qaeda pioneers behind the September 11 assaults. 

Violations additionally may have been conferred at US Central Intelligence Agency offices in Poland, Lithuania and Romania, where a few people caught in Afghanistan were taken, prosecutors said. 

The US Justice Department, somewhere around 2009 and 2012, researched CIA abuse of prisoners, including a full criminal examination concerning two passings in US authority, at the end of the day ruled against indicting anybody.