IJT 160

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28 May 2014 by Julia Wallace, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

At the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) – established to try the most responsible Khmer Rouge leaders for violations of international law and serious crimes – pragmatism is battling against due process over the two politically unpopular cases still on the court’s docket. In a schizophrenic atmosphere, Cambodian nationals and internationals are split. Lawyers are complaining that victims’ and suspects’ rights are being disregarded. 

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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 African Extraordinary Chambers (EAC) will conduct a fourth and possibly their last investigative mission in Chad, from 24 May to 9 June. 

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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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28 May 2014 by Luciana Bertoia, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

At the end of October last year, Argentina’s Defence Minister Agustín Rossi received a phone call from Mario Callejo, the head of the Argentine Air Force, to tell him important news. During a clean up of the cellar of the Condor building – the Air Force headquarters – two strongboxes and several shelves packed with dusty papers were discovered, containing 280 minutes of meetings held during the former dictatorship.

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

Over two days, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’s defence challenged key video footage supporting the verdict that convicted the Congolese militia leader in 2012 for using child soldiers. During an appeals hearing held last week at the International Criminal Court (ICC), two witnesses explained that although they might have looked like child soldiers, they were young adults.

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