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Outside al-Hadba prison in Tripoli, where the trial of Senussi and co-defendants opened on 14 April 2014 (Photo: Chris Stephen)
25 February 2015 by Chris Stephen

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor ruled that despite civil war in Libya and militias storming the capital, she has no reason to think the country’s former intelligence chief is getting an unfair trial.

25 February 2015

Issue 176 of IJT examines why the lawyers of Abdullah al-Senussi, Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief, requested review of the ICC decision to let him be tried in Libya. We present the first in a three-part series exploring problems faced by the ICC prosecution. We look at how LRA commander Dominic Ongwen's transfer to the ICC highlights Uganda's struggles to try war criminals at home. And from the Khmer Rouge tribunal, an article details this month’s testimony by former Washington Post correspondent and Cambodia expert Elizabeth Becker about her haunting memories of a trip to Democratic Kampuchea in 1978. In short news, we report on a document leaked last week concerning preparations for Kosovo's special court and the upcoming trial of Chad’s former President Hissène Habré.

President Kenyatta and his defence team, with lawyer Steven Kay in first row, at 8 December 2014 status conference (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
24 February 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This is the first in a series of articles delving into the challenges faced by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. In our next issue, Tjitske Lingsma focuses on the use of intermediaries in situation countries. In the third article, we examine the growing importance of technological evidence, like phone records and computer data, to reduce the reliance on witness testimony.

American journalist Elizabeth Becker testifies as an expert witness in Case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (Photo: ECCC/Nhet Sok Heng/Flickr/krtribunal)
23 February 2015 by Ate Hoekstra, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

When former Washington Post correspondent Elizabeth Becker testified as an expert witness this month at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC), she described a surreal visit to Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime where “every move was controlled” and everything staged for foreign journalists' benefit.

Mbacké Fall, prosecutor of the Extraordinary African Chambers (Photo:
22 February 2015 by Nathalie Magnien, N'Djamena (Chad)

Hissène Habré is due to face trial in Senegal within three months of the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) 13 February ruling that there is enough evidence against the former Chadian dictator to proceed. 

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