UN Court Judge Quits The Hague Citing Political Interference


Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the U.S. had threatened judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after moves were made to examine the conduct of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Turkey’s government had earlier made “baseless” allegations to end the tenure of a Turkish judge sitting on a United Nations (UN) court known as the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, with the connivance of the UN, he claimed.

Judge Aydın Sefa Akay was removed following his arrest and subsequent release over alleged links to Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for a failed coup attempt.

Flügge warned that the UN’s blind eye to Turkey’s intervention had set an alarming precedent. “Now there is this case, and everyone can invoke it in the future. Everyone can say: ‘But you let Turkey get its way.’ This is an original sin. It can’t be fixed.” He also expressed concern about the negative attitude of the U.S. administration to the ICC.

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The Guardian