IJT 159

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14 May 2014 by Christopher Stephen

A United Nations observer at Libya’s trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the regime’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [IJT-157] has been arrested by a militia, on Sunday in the capital city Tripoli, and accused of “black magic”. 

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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 Louise Jones, Goma (DRC)

Last week a military court in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), delivered a long-awaited judgment. For the past six months, 39 soldiers of the Congolese army were on trial for war crimes including looting, mass rape and murder. But to the disappointment of the 190 victims who had filed a complaint as civil parties, only two soldiers were convicted of rape and all the officers but one cleared. The remaining 25 men were convicted, mainly, of looting and indiscipline.

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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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