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Statement of the Sredoje Lukic Defence Team on ICTY Appeals Chamber Judgment of 4 December 2012

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1. The Defence team for Mr Sredoje Lukic and its Expert Consultant has taken note of the judgment of the ICTY Appeals Chamber of the 4th December 2012 which raises substantial questions of legitimacy, while creating a potential miscarriage of justice relating to the acceptance of a fundamental misidentification of the defendant which constitutes the… Read more »

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Death Penalty Bangladesh: ICT Judge’s Contact Exposed by the Economist

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On 6 December 2012, Judge Mohammed Nizamul Huq passed an contempt order concerning two members of The Economist. The order requires that the two members of The Economist appear before the court in order to give explanations how they came into possession of e-mails and conversations between the Judge and Ahmed Ziauddin. The Economist has now published… Read more »

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ICT: Contempt Order Against The Economist

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On 6 December 2012 a Judge at the Bangladesh ICT issued a contempt order against The Economist for contacting him concerning his contact and discussions with Dr. Ahmad Ziauddin concerning the Sayedee trial. Dr. Ziauddin is described as an expert in international law. Click here to read the actual order: Order dated 6 December 2012  Picture… Read more »

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ICTY: Press Statement by the Sredoje Lukic Defence Team

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The Defence team of Sredoje Lukic has issued a Press Release concerning the Appeals judgment which was issued on 4 December 2012 reducing the sentence imposed by the Trial Chamber from 30 years to 27 years of imprisonment. Click here to read the press statement: Sredoje_Lukic_Press_Release_7_December_2012 Picture courtesy to ICTY

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Sayedee Trial Analysis: Safe House Register

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This fourth article in the series of articles analysing the Sayedee trial deals with the application filed by the defense “to review the 29 March 2012 order which allowed 15 unsigned statements to be admitted as evidence against Delwar Hossain Sayedee.” In the 29 March 2012 order the tribunal allowed that 15 unsigned statements could… Read more »

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ECCC Desperate for Funds

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The International Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Andrew Cayley QC, is touring Europe in an attempt to secure further funding for the Court. He warns that the ECCC faces collapse unless European governments come to its rescue. UN Special Expert to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia… Read more »

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Bangladesh: Observers, notetakers restricted by the Tribunal

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New obstacles have been put in the way of observers and notetakers wishing to observe the trial procedings at the tribunal: “If you wish to take detailed notes of the proceedings at the international crimes tribunal and you are working with a non-Bangladeshi, you are now viewed as a potential security risk and you are… Read more »

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UN Secretary-General Expresses Concern Over Israel’s New Settlement Plan for East Jerusalem

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “grave concern and disappointment” over Israel’s announcement that it will build 3,000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank. Construction in the West Bank territory known as “E1″ would connect a large Israeli settlement to Jerusalem. However, it is believed that this… Read more »

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Sayedee Trial Analysis – Part 2: Witness Summons Refusal

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This article is the second posting in a series of articles analysing the Sayedee trial and whether it can be considered fair. While the first article focused on the restriction of the defense witnesses to 20, the second article lays the focus on the refusal of the tribunal concerning all defense applications. which requested the summoning of a… Read more »

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UN General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly in Favour of Palestinian Non-Member Observer Status

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The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state. The General Assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining. Israel criticised the bid for, it claims, pushing the peace process backwards. The United States, which had vehemently opposed the bid and warned of repercussions,… Read more »

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Second Acquittal in Haradinaj, Balaj, and Brahimaj Case

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Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today acquitted Ramush Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of all charges brought against them during a partial re-trial which began in August 2011.  The case is historic in that it is the first international criminal case in which a retrial has… Read more »

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Colombia Pulls Out of International Court of Justice

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Colombia has announced that it will no longer recognise the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This follows the ICJ’s recent ruling regarding the San Andres islands, in which it redrew Colombia’s maritime border in favour of Nicaragua. Although the ICJ ruled that the islands near the Nicaraguan coast belong to Colombia, it… Read more »

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Sayedee Trial Analysis: Limiting Defense Witnesses

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With the first Bangladesh 1971 war crimes trial about to end, David Bergmann has published the first of a series of blogs that will discuss whether Delwar Hossain Sayedee is receiving a fair trial. The first post deals with the order issued by the tribunal which limited the number of witnesses that the defense was able to… Read more »

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Human Rights History Made as African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Asked to Rule on Legality of SADC Suspension

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By Emma Miles   Today, a legal milestone has been reached. The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights  (African Court) has been asked to use its advisory powers in order determine whether the suspension of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal by the region’s leaders was legal or not. The request for the… Read more »

10 Years On: Growing Pains at the ICC

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A guest blog by Lauren Comiteau As a decade of justice at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is marked by the just-concluded 11th Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), the court’s rate of progress is a target of criticism. With only one verdict and sentence handed down so far —14 years to former… Read more »

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Prosecutor v. Gotovina Appeals Judgment of 16 November 2012

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 By Annie O’Reilly On 16 November 2012, Croatian General Ante Govotina and his co-accused Mladen Markac were acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Appeals Chamber of all remaining counts against them.  This was a closely contested 3-2 verdict, with two dissenting opinions, and two separate opinions.  The main issues in the case… Read more »

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STL: Prosecution Pre-Trial Brief Filed in the Case Ayyash et al.

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On 15 November 2012 the Prosecution filed its Pre-Trial Brief in the Ayyash et al Case. This deadline was set by the Pre-Trial Judge in its “Order on a Working Plan and on the Joint Defence motion regarding Trial Preparation”. The 58-page Prosecution Pre-Trial Brief includes a summary of the evidence which will be used… Read more »

ICTY: Two Judgments to be Rendered in Dezember 2012

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The ICTY will issue two judgments in December: On 4 December 2012  the ICTY Appeals Chamber will render its judgment in the case of Milan Lukic and Sredoje Lukic. Milan and Sredoje Lukic – two Bosnian Serbs – had been found guilty on 20 July 2009 by Trial Chamber III. Milan Lukic was convicted for… Read more »