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10 February 2010 by -

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week reversed a decision that prosecutors had not provided sufficient evidence to charge Sudanese President Omar al Bashir on three counts of genocide.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“The pre-trial chamber is directed to decide anew,” presiding judge Erkki Kourula said, upholding an appeal by ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

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10 February 2010 by -

Vojislav Šešelj, leader of Serbia’s ultra-nationalist Radical Party, currently standing trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY ) for alleged war crimes, has been charged with contempt of court.

By Vessela Evrova

The court initiated contempt proceedings against Šešelj on February 4th for having disclosed information on 11 protected witnesses, including their real names, occupations and places of residence, in a book he authored.

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10 February 2010 by -

A federal judge in the American state of Florida has ordered the son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to pay $22.4 million to five people tortured during Liberia’s civil war.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The Liberian plaintiffs sued Charles McArthur Emmanuel, also known as “Chuckie” Taylor, shortly after he was sentenced to 97 years in prison for his role in one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars. He was the first person to be convicted by a US federal court of torture committed outside the United States.

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10 February 2010 by -

A witness at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo said intermediaries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) paid him to convince his nephew to give false testimony against the former Congolese warlord, LubangaTrial.org is reporting.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The man’s nephew was called as a prosecution witness and told the court he had been child soldier in Lubanga’s militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC).

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10 February 2010 by Bram Posthumus

An international legal drama is playing itself out in the Senegalese capital Dakar, against the backdrop of the Monument for the African Renaissance. Main characters in no specific order: Hissène Habré, former president of the central African state of Chad, Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, the African Union, Belgium, lawyers and human rights groups. At issue: can an African state put a former head of another African state on trial for crimes against humanity?

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10 February 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

The ICC declined to confirm charges against Sudanese rebel leader Bahar Idriss Abu Garda on Monday, citing a lack of evidence. Abu Garda was accused of directing an attack that killed a dozen African Union peacekeepers in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region in 2007. Prosecutors say they will appeal the decision.

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10 February 2010

Abu Garda escapes ICC trial

The ICC declined to confirm charges against Sudanese rebel leader Bahar Idriss Abu Garda on Monday, citing a lack of evidence.Abu Garda was accused of directing an attack that killed a dozen African Union peacekeepers in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region in 2007. Prosecutors say they will appeal the decision. 

The case against Hissène Habré

An international legal drama is playing itself out in the Senegalese capital Dakar, against the backdrop of the Monument for the African Renaissance. Main characters in no specific order: Hissène Habré, former president of the central African state of Chad, Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, the African Union, Belgium, lawyers and human rights groups. At issue: can an African state put a former head of another African state on trial for crimes against humanity?

Darfuris feel “let down”

The last week has seen two important developments in ICC prosecutions of alleged war crimes committed in Darfur. Tajeldin Abdalla Adam is a journalist with Radio Dabanga, a Netherlands based station that broadcasts to Darfur. He told the IJT what these rulings will mean for Darfuris. 

Brief news:

ICC:

Bashir could face genocide charges

Lubanga trial: Witness “lied” to ICC

ICTY:

Šešelj charged with contempt of court

USA:

Charles Taylor son fined

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10 February 2010 by Hermione Gee

The last week has seen two important developments regarding ICC prosecutions of alleged war crimes committed in Darfur. Tajeldin Abdalla Adam is a journalist with Radio Dabanga, a Netherlands based station that broadcasts to Darfur. He told the IJT what these rulings will mean for Darfuris.

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27 January 2010 by -

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27 January 2010 by -

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina’s former dictator General Jorge Videla on suspicion of murdering a German man.

The Nuremberg prosecutor’s office opened a probe into the junta’s former leaders, including Videla, at the end of the 1990s over the killing and disappearance of Germans during Agentina’s so-called ‘dirty war’. But the initial investigations were stopped in 2008 after an Argentine court rejected an extradition request submitted by the German government.

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