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11 November 2009 by Thijs Bouwknegt

As the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prepares to close its doors in Tanzania, courts around the world are taking up the task of trying suspected Rwandan génocidaires. They do so under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction: a doctrine that allows prosecutors to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture, war crimes or genocide committed elsewhere. 
 

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11 November 2009 by Sebastiaan Gottlieb

Radovan Karadzic conducts his own defence in his genocide trial, but he has an international team of top lawyers, academics and interns at his disposal. For months they have been preparing the defence of the former Bosnian-Serb leader. 

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11 November 2009 by Karl Dowling

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former RUF leaders on October 26th. Wayne Jordash was lead defence counsel for Issa Hassan Sesay who received a sentence of 52 years. He spoke to IJT’s Karl Dowling.

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11 November 2009

Bagaragaza: mixed fortune

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced a former close associate of the Habyarimana regime to eight years in prison last week, after he pleaded guilty to complicity in genocide. 

The long arm of universal jurisdiction

As the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prepares to close its doors in Tanzania, courts around the world are taking up the task of trying suspected Rwandan génocidaires. They do so under the principle of universal jurisdiction: a doctrine that allows prosecutors to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture, war crimes or genocide committed elsewhere. 

Karadzic: pitfalls of a parallel defence

Radovan Karadzic conducts his own defence in his genocide trial, but he has an international team of top lawyers, academics and interns at his disposal. For months they have been preparing the defence of the former Bosnian-Serb leader. 

A trial of legal principle?

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former RUF leaders on October 26th. Wayne Jordash was lead defence counsel for Issa Hassan Sesay who received a sentence of 52 years. He spoke to IJT’s Karl Dowling.

Brief news: 

 

Prosecution to cross-examine Charles Taylor

At the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague, the prosecution has started its cross-examination of Charles Taylor. 

ICTY: Karadzic assigned counsel; trial postponed

The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered the appointment of counsel to Radovan Karadzic, but recognised his fundamental right to self-representation. 

SCSL: Convicts from Sierra Leone to serve time in Rwanda

Eight persons convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) were transferred to Rwanda’s Mpanga prison last month, where they will begin serving sentences ranging from 15 to 52 years. 

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11 November 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced a former close associate of the Habyarimana regime to eight years in prison last week, after he pleaded guilty to complicity in genocide. 

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28 October 2009 by -

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28 October 2009 by -

Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide, the situation regarding a dozen Rwandan suspects living in France remains deadlocked.

By Franck Petit, Paris

French courts refused to transfer suspected génocidaires to Rwanda following various rulings that suspects could not be guaranteed a fair trial.

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28 October 2009 by -

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been hearing evidence against Bahr Idriss Abu Garda on three charges of war crimes for an attack on peacekeepers in Darfur in 2007.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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28 October 2009 by -

Sweden released former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic Tuesday, two-thirds into an 11-year jail term for war crimes, according to the Swedish prison authority. She immediately left Sweden and returned home to Serbia.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“I don’t know what to think being free after eight years,” Plavsic told reporters after landing in Belgrade.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, which convicted Plavsic in February 2003, consented last month to grant her an early release.

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28 October 2009 by -

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leaders Monday in the last ever judgement to be handed down in Freetown.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The five-judge panel confirmed the sentences of 52 years for Issa Hassan Sesay, 40 years for Morris Kallon and 25 years for Augustine Gbao. In total, the court dismissed 96 defence grounds for appeal.

The men were convicted in February for overseeing a spree of killings, mutilations and rapes during the country’s civil war.

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