Scores of countries back ICC in face of US sanctions

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The ICC is a court of last resort, stepping in only when a state is unable or unwilling to prosecute grave crimes [File: Peter Dejong/AP]

At least 67 member states of the International Criminal Court have thrown their support behind the body, after an unprecedented US move to impose sanctions on its staff.

In a joint statement drafted by Costa Rica and Switzerland more than half of the 123 of the ICC’s members showed their “unwavering support” for the tribunal and the Rome Statute that created it, according to Judge O-Gon Kwon, who is president of the Assembly of States Parties, and represents South Korea.

“We reconfirm our unwavering support for the court as an independent and impartial judicial institution,” the statement said. Kwon is a noted jurist best known for being one of the judges in the war crimes trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic

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