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

Last week Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). While pronouncing a sentence that could lead to the early release, next year, of the universal court’s second convict, the presiding judge Bruno Cotte stressed the gravity of the crime. 

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28 May 2014 by IJT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals chamber ordered last week the registrar to “immediately implement” the deportation of three Congolese witnesses detained at the ICC’s detention unit for three years. 

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Bosco Ntaganda will be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC), pre-trial judges confirmed on Monday, having reviewed 69,000 pages of evidence submitted by the prosecution. Ten years after the opening of ICC investigations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and eight years after the first arrest warrant against him [IJT-88IJT-83], Ntaganda becomes the fourth person to be charged by the universal court for crimes committed in the Eastern Ituri province.

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11 June 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The sentencing of Germain Katanga last month [IJT-160] at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 12 years imprisonment is the second in the court’s existence. During extensive post-trial deliberations, his charges were changed – while his co-accused Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was acquitted. The trial chamber was sharply divided, with Judge Christine van den Wyngaert, from Belgium, expressing strong dissenting opinions. Prosecution and defence have declared their intentions to appeal the conviction. 

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25 June 2014 by IJT

Saif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, appeared again last Sunday before a Tripoli court, via a video link from the city of Zintan, south-west of the capital city. 

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25 June 2014 by IJT

Three years after his arrest in Abidjan, the former president of Ivory Coast received confirmation, on 12 June, that he will be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. 

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09 July 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Three Congolese witnesses of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who were denied asylum in The Netherlands, were deported on Sunday to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their return was handled by the Dutch authorities, said their lawyer Flip Schüller.

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09 July 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Former militia leader Germain Katanga, who was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March, has expressed his “sincere regrets” to victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has decided to accept the court’s verdict. The reasons for this unusual move – made public on 25 June in a press release announcing the simultaneous withdrawal of the prosecutor’s appeal – were not provided, leaving a number of questions.

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09 July 2014 by Abdullahi Boru, Nairobi (Kenya)

After four years of discussions, the African Union (AU) has agreed the statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights – a merger of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court of Justice. Heads of state adopted the protocol during a summit held in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) on 26 June; but the long-expected dream of an African criminal court may take years to become reality and has already attracted many questions about its effectiveness.

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10 September 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the second time, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has conceded that she does not have enough evidence to put Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on trial for his alleged role in post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. 

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