U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Washington would not allow Americans to be threatened by “a kangaroo court,” after President Donald Trump authorized sanctions against an International Criminal Court investigation into whether U.S. forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Pompeo told a news conference sanctions could extend to family members of ICC officials to prevent them from visiting the United States.
The last known Nazi collaborator living in the US, 95-year-old Jakiw Palij, was deported to Germany Monday night. Palij served as a guard at a Nazi forced labor camp during WWII and lived in New York City for decades. President Trump commended Immigration and Customs Enforcement for ‘removing this war criminal from United States soil.’
Radovan Karadžić has been sentenced to life in prison at an appeal court in The Hague for his role in mass killings of civilians in the conflict that tore Bosnia apart a quarter century ago. One element from Karadžić’s 2016 conviction involving illegal detentions of civilians was overturned because he was not allowed to cross-examine witnesses, but the appeal court confirmed his guilt for his role in the worst massacres of civilians in Europe since the 1940s.
During Wednesday’s court session regarding the Bosnian and Croatian war, Slobodan Praljak, former Bosnian Croat general, drank a small vial of poison which killed him in the hospital hours later. The former general insisted his innocence, saying he rejected the ruling of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia before his action.
Former Bosnian Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity during Bosnia’s Balkans conflicts, two decades ago, by a U.N. tribunal Wednesday and sentenced him to life imprison. The tribunal found Mladic guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.