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Uhuru’s ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Denied U.S. Visa Over Case

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Uhuru's ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Denied U.S. Visa Over Case



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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Twitter

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta’s International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor will no longer have access to the United States of America after her visa was revoked.

    According to a statement from her office, as reported by US media outlet Reuters, the revocation was as a result of her inquiry into a case in which United States are accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.

    “We can confirm that the U.S. authorities have revoked the prosecutor’s visa for entry into the U.S.,” read the statement in part.

    Fatou Bensouda during a past ICC hearing.

    This comes roughly a month after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to withdraw U.S. visas of ICC staff that investigated the allegations of the U.S. forces or heir allies.

    United Nations was, however, not impressed by the super power country’s move terming the reaction as “improper interference” in the work of the court that specialises in international crimes.

    Reuters further revealed that the revocation would significantly affect both Bensouda herself and the UN Security Council since she regularly travels to brief the commission on cases referred to The Hague by the UN body.

    The U.S., together with Russia and China, are not members of ICC.

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