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22 October 2014 by Nathalie Magnien

The simmering tensions between Chad and the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in charge of the Hissène Habré case came to a boil last week. After months of inaction, N’Djamena has now officially refused to extradite two suspects and on 14 October backed out of a deal to allow court officials to question them in Chad.

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22 October 2014 by Julia Wallace

After an initial guilty verdict in August for two former Khmer Rouge leaders on charges of crimes against humanity – and strong admonitions from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’s appellate judges for its trial chamber to hurry up – substantive hearings are underway in what is known as Case 002/02. 

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22 October 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 168.

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22 October 2014 by Marc-André Boisvert, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Just weeks after the final public sessions of Ivory Coast’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victims’ advocates say the process has failed and reconciliation still seems a long way off.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Copyright ICC-CPI/Flickr
08 October 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

A year ago this month, the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) presented a strategic plan dramatically changing its approach to investigations. The changes followed a series of humiliating defeats the office suffered at the confirmation of charges stage in various hearings. Thus, out went short, focused probes. In came in-depth, open-ended ones that could be revolutionary. And yet today, the OTP is still arguing for increased resources.

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08 October 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

ICTR authorities in Kigali reacted with relief last week when the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) upheld genocide convictions in cases against three political leaders and an army official. 

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08 October 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea last week filed appeals against the life sentences that judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued in August for crimes against humanity.

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Radovan Karadzic at his initial appearance before the ICTY in July, 2008
08 October 2014 by Sandra Milic, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) last week demanded a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the bloody 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

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STL Courtroom in The Hague. Copyright STL-TSL/Flickr
08 October 2014 by Karina Hof, The Hague (The Netherlands)

While prosecution witnesses continue to give technical forensic testimonies in the trial against five men suspected of orchestrating the 2005 explosion that killed Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) vie for the spotlight.

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08 October 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are struggling to maintain their case against Kenyan vice president William Ruto and his co-accused, radio broadcaster Joshua Sang. As the evidence continues to dribble away, the defence plans to ask for an acquittal halfway through the trial. Both Ruto and Sang are accused of crimes against humanity committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008.

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