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Ongwen case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms the Trial Chamber’s decision on motions requesting dismiss of the charges

Today, 17 July 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (« ICC » or « Court ») delivered its judgment unanimously rejecting the appeal of Mr Dominic Ongwen and consequently confirming Trial Chamber IX’s decision of 7 March 2019, entitled ‘Decision on Defence Motions Alleging Defects in the Confirmation Decision’. Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, presiding in this appeal, read a summary of the judgment in open court. Trial Chamber IX had rejected, on 7 March 2019, four defence motions…

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Turin Here I Come: De Ligt arrives in Turin to finalise Juventus Transfer

It has, indeed, become a reality that Ajax captain, Matthijs de Ligt, will be playing for Juventus for next season. This has been confirmed with the arrival of the 19-year-old Dutch sensation on Tuesday night in Turin, where he is expected to complete his 70 million euro move to the Italian giants Juventus. The Dutch football star who became a hot cake of late, following his impressive defensive skill, and the ability to score from a header, was being…

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Breaking News: Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders sign a power-sharing accord.

In what some people have called a historic moment, Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders have signed a power-sharing accord, following weeks of turbulence negotiations. The political deadlock started after the country’s former dictator Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April. The agreement was signed on behalf of the military junta by the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Mohamed Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo. Although, the constitutional declaration of the agreement is expected to be signed on Friday,…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC Trial Chamber I files the written reasons of the acquittal

On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, issued an oral decision acquitting Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. Today, 16 July 2019, Trial Chamber I issued its full reasons for the decision. The Majority, composed of Judge Tarfusser and Judge Henderson provided a detailed analysis of the…

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Central South University wins ICC Moot Court Competition, Chinese version

Pictured here: ICC Judge Chang-ho Chung with the winning team ©ICC-CPI Today, 12 July 2019, the Central South University (Changsha) won the final round of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition, Chinese version, held in ICC Courtroom I in The Hague (Netherlands). Soochow University and Jilin University (Changchun City) won, respectively, second and third place. The Best Speaker award went to Yujie Zhu of the Central South University.   Members of the winning team are Shuzhi Luo, Xuer Ou,…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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AFCON: Nigeria beat South Africa to proceed to semi-finals

Samuel Chwukwueze played so well, scored the first Nigerian goal and was voted the Total Man-of-the-Match as Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 to qualify for the semi finals of the 2019 African Nations Cup. He said, “Scoring against South Africa is quite a good one.” Villarreal star Chukwueze put the Super Eagles ahead in the first half before Bongani Zunga equalised for South Africa in the 71st minute. The referee had to check of VAR before confirming the South…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s statement at opening of the confirmation of Charges hearing in the case against Al Hassan

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, with her Prosecution team during opening statement at the Confirmation of Charges hearing of the case against Al Hassan Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Juge, Madame la Juge, Tombouctou a vécu la longueur du temps et le temps de l’histoire. Pendant quasiment un an, d’avril 2012 à janvier 2013, Tombouctou a enduré l’occupation violente des groupes armés Ansar Dine et Al Qaeda au Maghreb Islamique. Tombouctou, la perle du désert, la ville aux 333 Saints,…

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Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case

Mr Al Hassan during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 8 July 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud opened before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou. The hearing is…

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ICC Trial Chamber VI declares Bosco Ntaganda guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Bosco Ntaganda during the delivering of the judgment of ICC Trial Chamber VI at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 8 July 2019, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Mr Bosco Ntaganda guilty, beyond reasonable doubt, of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in 2002-2003. Trial Chamber VI, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding…

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African Nations Cup: Seedorf tips Super Eagles for final

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has shrugged off the country’s loss to Nigeria and tipped the Super Eagles to go all the way and play in the final match of the 2019 African Nations Cup. Nigeria won the game 3-2 but it was the Cameroonian team that was in the driving seat at the interval and had a chance to increase the tally in the early minutes of the second half. But the entire match scenario changed midway in the…

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Ntaganda case: Trial Chamber VI to deliver judgment on 8 July 2019

Ntaganda case: Trial Chamber VI to deliver judgment on 8 July 2019 Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its Judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda during a public hearing on 8 July 2019, at 10:00 (The Hague local time) at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands). At the hearing, the Trial Chamber will announce whether it finds the accused innocent or guilty of the charges, beyond…

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