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ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, concludes visit to Abuja, Nigeria

On Monday, 14 October 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, concluded a two-day visit to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was her fourth mission to this situation country. During her visit, Prosecutor Bensouda met with the Vice President of Nigeria, H.E. Mr Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the Nigerian Government’s support and cooperation with the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria currently being conducted by the Office of the…

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

The priceless efforts by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to bring lasting peace in his country and far beyond have been rewarded with the 2019 Nobel Peace prize award. According to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Mr Abiy Ahmed won the prestigious award due to his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation.” He will receive in Oslo, Norway, the 100th Nobel Peace Prize worth around nine million Swedish crowns (about £730,000; $900,000) in December. On coming to the…

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ICC judges hold retreat in Arnhem (The Netherlands)

On 3-4 October 2019, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), held a judicial retreat near Arnhem (The Netherlands). The retreat provided an opportunity for judges to have a private exchange on topics related to the efficiency and functioning of the judiciary. In particular, the retreat focussed on identifying concrete areas in which the judges may best contribute to strengthening the Court and the Rome Statute system. The ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, said: “The Court’s judges are…

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Breaking News: Former French president Jacques Chirac dies

The former president of France, Jacques Chirac has died aged 86. The ex-President who ruled his country from  1995 to 2007 died allegedly of the minor stroke he had while in office or memory loss linked to a form of Alzheimer’s disease. Mr Chirac, who enjoyed one of the longest political careers in Europe (18 years as mayor of Paris, twice prime minister and twice president) was embroiled in corruption allegations while in the office. He will be remembered…

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Searching for the justice: The ICC and war-crime indictment

It is hardly a secret that in many African countries today, the name, ICC (International Criminal Court) is received with some degree of scepticism. One of the reasons for the negative perception amongst Africans is not unconnected with the fact that Africans top the list of individuals indicted by the ICC. The list is endless….Omar al-Bashir, Uhuru Kenyatta, Charles Taylor, Jean-Pierre Bemba, William Ruto, Charles Blé Goudé, Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbagbo, Joseph Kony, Dominic Ongwen,…

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ICC President visits Rwanda

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, on Friday 20 September 2019 concluded a two-day working visit to Kigali, Rwanda, where he participated in a capacity-building programme for the Rwandan judiciary on international criminal law as well as held bilateral meetings with officials to promote dialogue and closer relations between the ICC and Rwanda. The ICC President encouraged Rwanda to become a party to the Court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, in order to enlarge…

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ICC: Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Yekatom and Ngaïssona case

Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 19 September 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 19 September 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona opened before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until…

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Afghanistan: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II authorises Prosecutor to Appeal Decision Refusing Investigation

Today, 17 September 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted in part the request of the Prosecutor for Leave to Appeal the “Decision Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute on the Authorisation of an Investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”.  Once the Prosecutor will submit her appeal, it will then be up to the Appeals Chamber to decide whether or not to confirm the Pre-Trial chamber’s decision. On 12 April…

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Zambia’s 2021 polls and government’s crackdown on rival parties

A lot of activities are going on in Zambia ahead of 2021 polls among the aspirants eyeing various political seats. The incumbent President Edgar Lungu will automatically seek his third term in the office after Zambia’s Constitutional court last year December ruled that he is eligible to vie again. President Lungu came to power in 2015 following the demise of former President Michael Sata. He was the defence minister under Sata. He contested again in 2016 and was declared…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: Confirmation of charges hearing to open on 19 September 2019

On 19 September 2019 at 09:30 (The Hague local time), the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing is scheduled until 27 September 2019. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient…

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The xenophobic attacks and South Africa -African relationship

It is not the first time many African migrants in South Africa faced the brute anger of their fellow South Africans, who have accused them of stealing their jobs. Anger alone would be a mere understatement. For sure, many a time, South Africans have audaciously committed a heinous crime against African migrants living in South Africa in the name of the xenophobic attack. Not just xenophobic attacks that come to mind. The monstrous brutish butchery of African foreigners in…

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