ICC

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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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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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