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03 May 2004 by -

Judges in Rotterdam have convicted the former Congolese officer Sebastien Nzapali to two and a half years in prison for torture. Nzapali, who served under the regime of ex-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, announced that he will appeal against the 7 April judgement. Judges tried Nzapali under the 1984 UN torture convention which allows ratifying states universal jurisdiction over the crime. It is the first time that the Netherlands has tried a foreigner for crimes committed outside its territory.

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11 July 2005 by -

The prosecutor requested life sentences; Etienne Nzabonimana and Samuel Ndashyikirwa were finally given 12 and 10 years, respectively. On 28 June, a jury of 12 sitting in the Brussels criminal court found the two businessmen guilty of war crimes and murders in the Kibungo region, in south-east Rwanda, where 50,000 people were massacred in April 1994 (see IJT-26-27-28). This was the second trial to be held in Belgium relating to the Rwandan genocide. In 2001, four other Rwandans were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years imprisonment.

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11 July 2005 by -

The prosecutor requested life sentences; Etienne Nzabonimana and Samuel Ndashyikirwa were finally given 12 and 10 years, respectively. On 28 June, a jury of 12 sitting in the Brussels criminal court found the two businessmen guilty of war crimes and murders in the Kibungo region, in south-east Rwanda, where 50,000 people were massacred in April 1994 (see IJT-26-27-28). This was the second trial to be held in Belgium relating to the Rwandan genocide. In 2001, four other Rwandans were sentenced to between 12 and 20 years imprisonment.

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14 July 2010 by -

Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - alias Duch - has sacked his international lawyer just weeks before the verdict in his war crimes trial.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Duch cited “loss of confidence” in his decision to dismiss his French lawyer Francois Roux as counsel at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

During the closing arguments of Duch’s 77-day trial in November, Duch’s Cambodian lawyer Kar Savuth split with Roux by supporting their client’s change of plea and request for acquittal and release.

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09 July 2007 by -

On June 20, five years after beginning its work, the Special Court for Sierra Leone reached its first verdict. The three defendants were leading figures in the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the military junta that held power in Freetown between May 1997 and February 1998. After joining forces with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the AFRC began a brutal offensive on the Sierra Leone capital on January 6, 1999. It was ousted after three weeks of massacres and pillaging.

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05 November 2014 by David Bergman

A spate of rulings against leaders of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist opposition party for atrocities during the war in 1971 shows the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) forging ahead – despite continuing criticism from outside the country.

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Thomas Lubanga at his appeals verdict (Flickr/ICC-CPI)
03 December 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This week the International Criminal Court (ICC), on appeal, upheld its first-ever verdict. However, the decision once again raises questions about the work of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the accused’s right to a fair trial.

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