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Jordan Agrees Not to Send Americans to War Crimes Court


Jordan's parliament has approved a measure barring the country from handing over Americans to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Lawmakers agreed to the deal Sunday, saying it was needed to ensure economic and military assistance from the United States.

Under the measure, Americans or foreigners working for the U.S. government will be turned over to U.S. officials -- not the war crimes court. Some lawmakers and rights activists expressed concern at the deal, saying it violates Jordan's obligations to the court.

Jordan was one of 100 countries to back the court, established in 2002 as the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. U.S. officials have opposed the court, saying it may be used for politically-motivated trials against American soldiers or citizens.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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