Biden Pulls Trump-Era Sanctions On Int'l Criminal Court

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Law360 (April 2, 2021, 6:59 PM EDT) — The Biden administration lifted controversial Trump-era economic sanctions and visa bans against the International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor and a senior official, saying Friday the measures were inappropriate and ineffective.

The asset freezes and visa bans against ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor, were issued under a June 2020 order authorizing sanctions against officials investigating U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. The underpinning executive order was also rescinded Friday.

“The threat and imposition of financial sanctions against the court, its personnel and those who assist it are not effective or appropriate…