Special Tribunal for Lebanon on the back burner
Six months after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) opened its doors, a drastically changed political and security environment in Lebanon, coupled with trim concrete output from The Hague, are driving even some of the tribunal’s staunchest advocates to adopt an increasingly cautious stance towards the court. This is visible in both dampened expectations and increasing questions as to whether the very mechanism will prove to be the best model for trying a crime of terrorism.
Radovan Karadzic “not ready for trial”
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is working hard on his defence case from his prison cell in Scheveningen. Since the beginning of his pre-trial proceedings before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) 14 months ago, he has filed more than a hundred motions – including one that claims that former United States Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke had promised him immunity from prosecution.
Interview: Changing attitudes at STL
Appointed to a three-year term by the United Nations Secretary General last March, the French lawyer François Roux will take up his new role as head of the Defence Office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) at the end of this month. During his 30-year career as an international lawyer, Roux has spent ten years working with international criminal tribunals.
Dutch push harder to prosecute genocide
Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin has drafted a bill to allow national courts to prosecute cases of genocide dating back as far as 1966.
ICTR: Nizeyimana to plead; Gatete on trial
Idelphonse Nizeyimana will appear before the ICTR this Wednesday following his arrest in Uganda earlier this month.
ICTY: Plea to Bosnian parliament
The ICTY expressed its concern with the decision by the Bosnian parliament not to extend the mandates of international judges and prosecutors at the State Court and Prosecutor’s Office.
International Criminal Court to hear Darfur case
The International Criminal Court will start confirmation of charges hearings in the case against Darfur rebel leader Abu Garda on Monday 19 October.