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Germaine Katanga at International Criminal Court. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Despite lingering uncertainties, the final convictions of two Congolese warlords raises hopes that this year victims will see reparations handed to them by the International Criminal Court.

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04 April 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Since he was acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2012, the fate of the Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui remains unsettled. Last week he appeared in a Dutch district court to appeal against a decision to deny him asylum in the Netherlands, showing how the ICC, like its ad hoc predecessors, has not prepared for possible acquittals.

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15 April 2014 by IJT

Both the defence and the prosecution announced, last week, their intent to appeal Germain Katanga's verdict at the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

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15 April 2014 by IJT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges decided last week to postpone, sine die, the appeals hearings of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, convicted two years ago to 14 years imprisonment. 

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15 April 2014 by Christopher Stephen, Tripoli (Libya)

Last October, a panel of three International Criminal Court (ICC) judges decided Libya was both able and willing to try its former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, and therefore there was no need for The Hague to do so. It was a decision that conforms with the purpose of the ICC, which is to complement, rather than supersede, national courts. 

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30 April 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

To date, international tribunals have provided little clarity on life after conviction. Barbora Hola and Joris van Wijk, criminologists at the Center for International Criminal Justice at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, are running the research project “When Justice is Done”(*). They have been looking into the situations of more than 100 prisoners convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

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14 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has explained that “no additional investigations” have been made into possible offenses against the court in the case of Thomas Lubanga Diyolo, despite heavy criticism from the trial judges in 2012 of three intermediaries who “may have committed crimes” during the trial. The appeals hearing against his 14 year jail term for conscripting child soldiers is due next week.

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14 May 2014 by IJT

“He is very weak,” says his lawyer Göran Sluiter. Floribert Ndjabu Ngabu, a Congolese witness kept for three years at the International Criminal Court (ICC) detention unit has been on hunger strike for three weeks now. He is protesting against his stalled asylum bid in The Netherlands. 

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14 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing, for the first time, a case of offenses against the “administration of justice”, behind closed doors. Two lawyers for the ICC defendent Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, plus two other persons, were arrested six months ago for allegedly bribing witnesses. With the unprecedented appointment of an ‘independent counsel’, the questions about how the prosecutor has investigated this case abound.

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14 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the second time in its 12 years’ existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has held a sentencing hearing. The prosecution sought a maximum 25 years in prison for the former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. The defence underlined his relatively lowly status and his youth as mitigating factors.

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