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UNMICT releases Alphonse Nteziryayo

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Three months after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda partially granted his appeal against sentence, the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals has ordered the release of Alphonse Nteziryayo, who for a time held the position of Préfet of Butare, Rwanda, during the 1994 conflict. His release was ordered… Read more »

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Brazil’s Attorney General Defends President Rouseff and Denounces Impeachment Proceedings Unconstitutional

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Speaking before the congressional impeachment committee on Monday 4th April, José Eduardo Cardozo, Brazil’s Attorney General, denounced the impeachment proceedings currently underway against President Dilma Rousseff (pictured) as being unconstitutional and fuelled by a desire for revenge. President Rousseff has been accused of breaking fiscal rules in order to hide budgetary shortfalls ahead of her… Read more »

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Indonesia’s Police Chief Admits that Alleged Terror Suspect Dies After Torture

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General Badrodin Haiti, Indonesia’s chief of police, has publically admitted to a body of lawmakers that an alleged terrorism suspect died in custody after being kicked in the chest by members of a counter-terrorism unit which led to him suffering heart failure. “General Badrodin Haiti’s unprecedented admission is a major turnaround from the country’s persistent… Read more »

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The Trial of Four Turkish Academics by Margaret Owen

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Written by Margaret Owen Wednesday 20th April Tomorrow, I leave for Istanbul to join other international observers to report on the Trial of Turkish Academics. The trial, which opens this Friday, April 22nd will be a test of how independent the Turkish judiciary really is and will also expose the realities of Turkey’s adherence to… Read more »

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HRW Alleged Abuse of Detained Children by Israeli Security Forces

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By Marina Mayer Human Rights Watch (HRW) is claiming that Israeli police are abusing Palestinian children detained in the West Bank. According to Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine country director at HRW, “Palestinian children are treated in ways that would terrify and traumatize an adult”. HRW alleges the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force used… Read more »

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Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness

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By Marina Mayer The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadžić as the majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have ruled that he is “currently unfit to stand trial”. Hadžić’s trial commenced in 2012, but he was later… Read more »

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IBA Event: ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’

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The International Bar Association is hold an experts’ roundtable discussion on ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’. The event will take place on 8th June 2016 from 14:00-17:30 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice located at Sophialaan 10, The Hague. The Keynote presentation will be delivered by Judge Ivana Hrdlicková, the President of the… Read more »

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Serbian Ex-General Suspected of War Crimes Detained

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                  By Marina Mayer Milovan Bojovic (pictured), the former Serb general who is suspected of committing war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians, was detained on 8thApril 2016. Mr. Bojovic was initially arrested for illegally crossing the border into Kosovo at the Merdare border point. Behxhet Shala (executive director… Read more »

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UN Releases Statement About Political Developments in Libya

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                In a recent statement, the United Nations’ envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler has encouraged the House of Representatives (HoR) to gather in Tobruk so they can vote on the Government of National Accord, namely the unity government. The envoy noted that: “a positive endorsement by the House… Read more »

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The ICC’s Permanent Premises to be Opened Soon

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By Marina Mayer His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will officially open the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court on 19 April 2016. An opening ceremony will take place on that day, hosted by the ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández and President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba. Among the 350 expected guests… Read more »

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Omar Al-Bashir to Step Down as Sudanese President in 2020

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The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has announced that he will be stepping down as leader of the country in 2020, when his current mandate ends. Al-Bashir first took office in 1989. He told the BBC that the role was “exhausting” and his current term would be his last. The International Criminal Court has issued… Read more »

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Former Georgian Minister of Defence and Aide to President Misha Saakashvili Discharged in UK Extradition Proceedings

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By Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland Solicitors In his Judgment dated 21st March 2016 www.bcl.com/downloads/Judgment210316.PDF Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, the Chief Magistrate, in a comprehensive 31 page analysis discharged DAVIT KEZERASHVILI on both ‘extraneous consideration’ grounds under the Extradition Act 2003 as to political motivation behind prosecutions in Mr Kezerashvili’s home state of Georgia… Read more »

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The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang – Judgement Released

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Click below to access the full judgement: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/situations%20and%20cases/situations/situation%20icc%200109/related%20cases/icc01090111/court%20records/chambers/tcVa/Pages/2027.aspx And click the following link to read the ICC’s official press release: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/press%20and%20media/press%20releases/Pages/pr1205.aspx Image source: www.ndtv.com