Dutch MEP wants US to recognise criminal court
The Netherlands should not consider taking Guantanamo Bay detainees until the United States first recognises the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague, says Dutch Christian Democrats MEP Wim van der Camp.The Netherlands - Dutch Christian Democrats MEP Wim van der Camp has said that the Netherlands should not consider taking Guantanamo Bay detainees until the United States first recognises the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague.
Van der Camp also said that US revocation of what's dubbed the "Hague Invasion Act" should be a prerequisite to the Netherlands' accepting prisoners from the Cuban-based detention centre.
The US, along with a number of other countries, does not recognise the ICC. In 2002, Congress passed what's officially called the American Service Members' Protection Act (ASPA), in theory enabling US forces to unilaterally storm the ICC to liberate US soldiers held for war crimes or crimes against humanity.
During an official visit to Washington last week, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende - also a Christian Democrat - told US President Barack Obama that the Netherlands is willing to consider accepting a couple of Guantanamo detainees, reversing an earlier statement on the issue.
It is thought the Dutch PM did not broach the ICC matter during the talks at the White House.
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