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09 December 2009 by -

Nicholas Koumjian, who has been leading the cross-examination of Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, ended the last hearing of the year with a dramatic piece of evidence: a previously unseen statement from a personal bank account opened by the defendant in December 1999.  

By Franck Petit

The former Liberian president is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to his role in Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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09 December 2009 by Robert-Jan Friele

One of the most significant trials of former military personnel active during the 1976-83 Argentine dictatorship will start this Friday.

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09 December 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

“Do I infer that the accused is seeking an acquittal?” asked Judge Cartwright.
“I did say that. Release means an acquittal,” responded Cambodian defence counsel Kar Savuth.

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09 December 2009 by Michael Kaloki

On a visit to Nairobi this week, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the Kenyan government’s assurance that it will cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on establishing the best way to secure justice for victims of the 2007 post-election violence.

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09 December 2009

ESMA trials to start

One of the most significant trials of former military personnel active during the 1976-’83 Argentine dictatorship will start this Friday. 

Duch trial ends with a twist

The final words in the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, a.k.a. Duch, the former head of the Khmer Rouge detention and torture centre S-21 signalled the implosion of Duch’s defence team after an eight month trial during which it had appeared to be the most well-prepared and cohesive party by far.  

Annan: victims crave justice

On a visit to Nairobi this week, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the Kenyan government’s assurance that it will cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on establishing the best way to securejustice for victims 2007 post-election violence.  

Interview: “No political will” for JPL

In 2005 Colombia introduced the Justice and Peace Law (JPL) in an effort to combat the problem of paramilitary groups rampant in the country. The law offers fighters lenient penalties for human rights abuses in return for voluntary demobilisation. IJT's Franck Petit investigates. 

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“Genocide banker” sentenced in Belgium

A Brussels court has sentenced Rwandan Ephrem Nkezabera to 30 years in prison on charges of violating international criminal law and war crimes committed during his country’s 1994 genocide. 

Rwanda: Gacaca courts near end

The Rwandan Gacaca courts, initially scheduled to close in June 2009, will now have to finish their work by the end of this year.

Dutch SS confesses

Dutch war criminal Heinrich Boere has made a full confession to the three murders for which he stands accused.

SCSL: Taylor’s secret bank account revealed

Nicholas Koumjian, who has been leading the cross-examination of Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, ended the last hearing of the year with a dramatic piece of evidence: a previously unseen statement from a personal bank account opened by the defendant in December 1999.

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09 December 2009 by Frank Petit

In 2005 Colombia introduced the Justice and Peace Law (JPL) in an effort to combat the problem of paramilitary groups rampant in the country. The law offers fighters lenient penalties for human rights abuses in return for voluntary demobilisation. Michael Reed-Hurtado is Head of Office at the International Center for Transitional Justice in Colombia. He spoke to the IJT’s Frank Petit about how the law is working.

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25 November 2009 by -

The 94th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

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25 November 2009 by -

British lawyer Richard Harvey has been assigned as legal counsel to Radovan Karadzic who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague. 

By Karl Dowling

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) appointed the London-based barrister on November 5th following Karadzic’s refusal to attend the trial. Harvey has been given until March 2010 to prepare.

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25 November 2009 by -

Members of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) were put on notice last week with the arrest of the group’s leader and deputy leader in Germany on November 17th. 

By Karl Dowling

FDLR president Ignace Murwanashyaka and his deputy Straton Musoni command a force of around 5,000-6,000 fighters.

Murwanashyaka is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, and is also accused of leading a terrorist organisation.

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25 November 2009 by -

For the first time since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened in 2002, the United States attended the court’s annual meeting in The Hague. 

By Hermione Gee

America is committed to ending impunity for crimes against humanity, US Ambassador for war crimes Stephen Rapp told the 110-nation Assembly of States Parties (ASP).

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