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Biden revokes EO sanctioning ICC

Chris Hamblin, Editor, London, 8 April 2021

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Functionaries at the International Criminal Court - and the HNWs who are related to them or who help them in their enquiries - have ceased to be potential targets of US sanctions.

President Joe Biden has revoked Executive Order 13928 (entitled "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the International Criminal Court") previously signed by former President Trump on 11 June last year. The old EO declared a national emergency and imposed sanctions against 'politically-exposed persons' associated with the International Criminal Court, whose jurisdiction the US has never accepted.

In a new Executive Order, Biden has ended the national emergency and asserted that sanctions "are not an effective or appropriate strategy for addressing the United States’ concerns with the ICC."

As a result, the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control lifted sanctions against two ICC officials and removed them from its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (known as the SDN list).

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