UN peacekeeping mission in CAR urged to fight against impunity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:20

On Monday, the UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR took over authority of peacekeeping operations in the country from the African Union.

Amnesty International (AI) urged the UN to bring the peacekeeping mission up to full capacity as soon as possible, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on peacekeepers to urgently improve protection for CAR civilians in regions where violence is increasing. In addition to guaranteeing the security of civilians, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) urged the peacekeeping mission to ensure rule of law and fight against impunity. FIDH also called on the CAR's transitional government to create a special court to try atrocity crimes.

According to the Associate Press, over 5,000 people have been killed in the CAR since December.

ICC Trial Chamber IV issues arrest warrant against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:28

The 11th September 2014, Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued, by majority, an arrest warrant against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain. Three charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan) were confirmed against him on 7 March 2011. The Chamber vacated the trial date previously scheduled to open on 18 November 2014 and directed the ICC Registry to transmit the new requests for arrest and surrender to any State, including the Sudan, on whose territory Mr Banda may be found.

Trial Chamber IV had requested the Government of Sudan's cooperation to facilitate the accused's presence at trial. This cooperation, according to the information provided by the Registry, is not forthcoming. By way of consequence, the Chamber considered that there are no guarantees that, in the current circumstances, he will be in an objective position to appear voluntarily, regardless of whether he wishes to be present at trial or not. The Chamber concluded that an arrest warrant is now necessary to ensure the accused's presence. The Chamber stressed that should Mr Banda nonetheless appear voluntarily before the Court, the Chamber will take the voluntary appearance into consideration and revisit accordingly the conditions of his stay in The Netherlands during the trial.

The Chamber will determine in due course the appropriate course of action in order to ensure Sudan's compliance with the request of the Court. The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by United Nations Security Council resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.

Status conference in contempt case against Ibrahim Al Amin and Al Akhbar scheduled for 12 September PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:27

The Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri issued an order scheduling a status conference in the case against Akhbar Beirut S.A.L. and Ibrahim Mohamed Ali Al Amin for Friday 12 September 2014.

In his order, Judge Lettieri invited Mr Al Amin to participate in the status conference, which will start at 3 PM (CET).

The hearing will cover the following items:

Issues related to counsel's representation of the Accused;

The state of the pre-trial proceedings;

Any other matter of relevance that the Parties wish to discuss.

The scheduling order follows a decision by a panel of judges dismissing Mr Al Amin's request to disqualify Judge Lettieri from hearing the case.

As with all public hearings, members of the media and public are invited to attend the proceedings.

Claudia Fenz appointed as new international judge in the Trial Chamber PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:32

Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Ms. Claudia Fenz (Austria) as a new international judge to serve in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The appointment is effective from 1 September 2014. Judge Fenz has served as a reserve judge in the Trial Chamber since 2006, and she replaces Judge Silvia Cartwright (New Zealand) whose resignation takes effect from 1 September 2014.

Judge Fenz holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of Vienna. In 1984 she was appointed judge in the domestic criminal justice system, holding judicial office for over 20 years in investigation, trial and appeals courts. In 2004, she was appointed an international judge with the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, dealing with organized crime, serious ethnically-motivated crime and war crimes. She then served as Head of the Rule of Law section within the EUPOLCOPPS Mission in Palestine, which provides support to the Palestinian police and criminal justice sector (2006-2008).

Blé Goudé case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 29 September 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:59

The 1st September 2014, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé to 29 September 2014, at the Defence's request in order for the Defence to complete its preparation for the hearing previously scheduled for the 22 September 2014.

Background: On 27 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé made his first appearance before the ICC and Single Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi had initially set the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing for 18 August 2014.

On 22 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé was surrendered to the ICC by the national authorities of Côte d´Ivoire on the basis of a warrant of arrest issued by ICC judges on 21 December 2011 and unsealed on 30 September 2013.

Charles Blé Goudé, national of Côte d'Ivoire, 42 years of age, allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Côte d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.


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