ACLJ’S JAY SEKULOW WILL APPEAR BEFORE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT THIS WEEK, DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF U.S. SOLDIERS

(Washington, DC) — The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) today announced that Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel, will be traveling to The Hague this week to appear before the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) highest appellate chamber of judges – essentially the ICC's Supreme Court – to present oral arguments advocating for the rights of United States soldiers and intelligence operatives.

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor is seeking to investigate our brave men and women in the military for alleged war crimes, seeking to assert jurisdiction for potential international criminal investigations against U.S. soldiers and members of the intelligence community, despite the fact that the United States is not a member of nor does it recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The prosecutor is pushing for jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers when they are engaged abroad, especially when they are engaged in conflicts in a state that is a member of the ICC. The long-term effect is that if the ICC prosecutor is afforded jurisdiction, American service members could be targeted abroad.

“We’re standing up for the courageous men and women who put their lives on the line defending freedom around the globe – our brave military,” states Jay Sekulow. “Our troops face an insidious new threat, as the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor is seeking jurisdiction to prosecute our soldiers on war crimes charges after they’ve risked their lives fighting the war on terror.”

ACLJ, through its European affiliate (ECLJ), is believed to be the only organization appearing before the ICC that is advocating the position defending the U.S. military and intelligence community.

“The members of the U.S. military sacrifice everything to defend us,” states Jay Sekulow. “Now it’s our turn to defend their interests.”

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://aclj.org.

Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ's Executive Director and co-host of "Jay Sekulow Live," is available for interviews.

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