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Africa’s new democratic road as Sudanese government thwarts alleged Bashir regime supporters’ coup attempt.

On Tuesday, Sudanese officials have thwarted a military coup d’etat attempt by alleged supporters of former Sudan’s president Omar Bashir.  According to three senior government and military sources. A senior government source revealed that about 40 officers close to the former president had been arrested while attempting to control the military general command and the state broadcaster’s television buildings. The government of Sudan has deployed a heavy military presence across the capital Khartoum to deter any form of insecurity…

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Abd-Al-Rahman case: Trial to open on 5 April 2022

©ICC-CPI Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) composed of Judge Joanna Korner, Presiding Judge, Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou and Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor scheduled the opening of the trial in the case  The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) for 5 April 2022. Mr Abd-Al-Rahman was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic. His initial appearance before the ICC took place on…

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Ethiopia plans to launch Facebook rival while the country descends into anarchy

Imagine your house was burning while you were busy chasing a rat around. Can you envisage inviting firefighters to extinguish the fire blazing your mansion, only for the fire bridges to start removing the cobwebs on the roof, rather than putting off the fire and saving precious lives and properties? The recent announcement by Ethiopia that it would develop its social media platforms after accusing global companies like Facebook of bias against Ethiopia’s interest is not only a gross misplacement…

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The ICC And Former President Bashir: Warning to Other Dictators

Does it surprise one that most leaders change and become more autocratic, selfish and less sensitive to the suffering of their subjects once they are in power? From the proclamation of a state of emergency, suspension of elections and civil liberties, rule by decree, disrespect for the court and the authority of law procedures, repression of political opponents, autocrats can hardly hide their cult of personality. We see these characteristics in many African leaders, including former president Omar al-Bashir…

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Paul Gicheru case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber A (Article 70) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has on 15 July 2021, confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial. Pre-Trial Chamber A, composed of Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, based its decision on the evidence and submissions presented by the Prosecutor and the Defence.   The Chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator,…

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South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary: Actions speak louder than words

The latest pledge from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to end any form of war in his country would have been received globally with much enthusiasm and hope some years ago. Today, such a promise, which President Kiir made during his speech to mark the country’s 10th anniversary (did I hear you call it a “lost decade”?) of its independence, is hardly breaking news. It is not just because the reality on the ground hardly matches the rhetoric; the…

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Abd-Al-Rahman case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Today, 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously, issued a decision confirming all the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber.  Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is responsible for 31 counts of…

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Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Darfur

Mr President, Your Excellencies, 1.         Allow me at the outset to congratulate Estonia for holding the Presidency of the United Nations (“UN”) Security Council during the month of June and wish you continued success in chairing the crucial work of this august body. Mr President, Your Excellencies, 2.         This is my final briefing before the Council in my capacity as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”). 3.         It has been an honour and a…

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Travel & Destination: Make Kenya Your Next Destination

Hardly can one talk about Africa without mentioning Kenya, one of the most stunning places on the continent. The East African country is reaping significantly from enthusiastic international visitors who want to gain new experiences and realise their dreams by visiting their lovely destinations. Kenya Tourism Performance Report 2019 indicates the country received 2, 048,334 visitors compared with 2,025,206 in 2018. The East African nation also recorded revenue of $1.6 billion, indicating that the tourism sector is playing a significant role…

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ICC concludes confirmation of charges hearing in Abd-Al-Rahman case

Today, 26 May 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) concluded before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the suspect committed each…

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Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman case: The ICC Prosecutor’s Statement at the opening of the confirmation of charges

Thank you Mr President. On behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor, I am Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Today, I am joined by my learned colleagues, Mr Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer and Ms Jasmina Suljanovic, Case Manager. It is my honor and privilege to address you today. Mr President, Your Honours, Mr Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, known more commonly by his alias “Ali Kushayb”, is charged with 31 counts of crimes against humanity and…

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ICC: Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Abd–Al-Rahman case

Today, 24 May 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) opened before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane. The hearing is scheduled until 27 May 2021. The judges will hear successively the oral submissions of the Prosecutor, the Legal Representatives of the Victims and the Defense. The confirmation of charges hearing is…

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