A Trump Lawyer Asks The ICC Not To Open An Investigation In Afghanistan

The Hague, Dec. 4 (EFE) .- The personal lawyer of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, intervened on Wednesday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ask the court to dismiss the Prosecutor's request to open a war crimes investigation in Afghanistan.

The Hague Court Prosecutor's Office "continues to press" against US military personnel without the country "having the opportunity to consider its legitimate legal objections," said Sekulov, who participated in the oral hearing as an expert in international law .

Washington never ratified the Rome Statute, the founding letter of the ICC, so no American should be played in The Hague, Trump's lawyer argued.

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He also mentioned the existence of treaties between the United States and Afghanistan that would grant the first country 'exclusive jurisdiction over its staff' and said that, contrary to the criteria of the ICC Prosecutor's Office, 'it can be demonstrated' that Washington 'is capable and He is willing to investigate and prosecute his own cases. '

The Prosecutor's Office, however, considers that the international tribunal has jurisdiction to give the green light to the investigations because Afghanistan, the country where the crimes would have been committed, is a State Party to the Rome Statute.

Trump's lawyer intervened before a panel of five ICC judges that has admitted to prosecution an appeal from the Prosecutor's Office, which has asked the court to reconsider the decision taken last April not to open an investigation in Afghanistan.

Other experts in international law participated in the same oral hearing as Sekulow to claim the magistrates to allow the Prosecutor's Office to begin the investigations.

The lawyer Fergal Gaynor, who spoke on behalf of dozens of victims, said that the oral hearing held on Wednesday "is extremely important" for his clients.

"It has been a very long trip for the victims, but today is a historic day for accountability in Afghanistan," said the lawyer, for whom the necessary requirements are met for the Hague court to allow the Prosecutor's Office to begin the investigation.

Last April, the ICC refused to start it because "it is extremely difficult to assess the prospects of ensuring meaningful cooperation from the relevant authorities for the future, either with respect to investigations or the delivery of suspects," the judges said in reference to States United. EFE

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