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02 March 2011 by Lisa Clifford

A murky deal involving millions of dollars in smuggled gold is the latest scandal engulfing the International Criminal Court indictee Bosco Ntaganda. 

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11 May 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

How do you spearhead a deadly militia in Congo, from Germany? In modern times, one only needs a mobile phone and a laptop to unleash a humanitarian catastrophe. German prosecutors are convinced that two Rwandans waged a brutal war some 6,000 kilometres away via telephone calls and emails. 

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14 September 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will try to convince judges that there is enough proof to start a trial against one of the driving forces behind a villainous Hutu militia, the FDLR. From Friday, they will present press releases, emails and intercepts of phone calls to show that Callixte Mbarushimana participated in a criminal plan to “create a humanitarian catastrophe” in eastern Congo. 

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22 September 2011 by -

Confirmation of charges hearings in the case of Rwandan rebel leader ended on Wednesday before the International Criminal Court. Judges will decide before Christmas if Callixte Mbarushimana should stand trial for leading a villainous Hutu militia, the FDLR.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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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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15 July 2011 by -

While the International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate "International Criminal Justice Day" next Sunday, some 470 victims are denied the opportunity to participate in the confirmation of charges hearing against war crimes suspect Callixte Mbarushimana, says REDRESS. Due to insufficient resources at the court in The Hague, another 1,500 could be affected in upcoming cases, says the victims organisation.

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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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03 November 2010 by Juergen Schurr

A French court on October 27th refused to release Callixte Mbarushimana, raising expectations that he will soon be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC wants him for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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20 October 2010 by Koert Lindijer

France's arrest last week of Callixte Mbarushimana, a key player in the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), has again put the spotlight on the group which has terrorised parts of Rwanda and the DR Congo for the past two decades.

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11 May 2011

The international legal dichotomy of eliminating Bin Laden

In 2002, when the United States openly suggested resorting to a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq in its fight against terrorism, then French President Jacques Chirac, in the New York Times, fiercely opposed this approach as being contrary to international law - opening a door to abuse and setting a wrong precedent. “Suppose that China would invade Taiwan because Taiwan would be an alleged security threat to China. What would the world say?”, the French president exclaimed.

FDLR - Waging war by mobile phone and emails

How do you spearhead a deadly militia in Congo, from Germany? In modern times, one only needs a mobile phone and a laptop to unleash a humanitarian catastrophe. German prosecutors are convinced that two Rwandans waged a brutal war some 6,000 kilometres away via telephone calls and emails.

President with a purpose

In the coming months, the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) expects to begin arresting and putting on trial those responsible for the assassination of the former Lebanese prime Minister Rafik Hariri. As the STL moves into its next phase the Tribunal's President, Antonio Cassese, continues to publish extensively on issues of international human rights and criminal law. Cassese, professor of international law at the University of Florence and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), spoke to the International Justice Tribune (IJT).

Guinea: court action, but when?

A few months from now, Guineans will hold a sombre commemoration: on the 28th of September 2009, soldiers, militias and mercenaries went on the rampage in the capital’s main stadium. They killed 157 people and raped dozens of women. The victims and survivors of that mass crime are beginning to ask when justice will be their due. 

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