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Africa: Risky insurance coverage against prosecution

Looking at the African society and its social-political gridlock, some have classified the continent as arguably very unique and interesting. Yes, unique and interesting, in the sense that either most African leaders are too nimble-witted that they can easily indoctrinate, brainwash or proselytize an average African or the leaders’ voracious greed effectively blocks their thinking faculty. Whatever the case may be, the one undeniable fact is that the last item that seems to occupy the priority list of most…

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Omar al-Bashir : “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred in their bones”

  If there is one thing about history, it is the fact that often the evil acts of human beings are more easily remembered than their good deeds. Secondly, human beings have repeatedly failed to learn from history or use it as a mirror of correction, despite this obvious reality that human’s bad deeds are often judged harshly by history. How true is this in Mark Antony’s speech in William Shakespeare Julius Caesar? A lot. Even though William Shakespeare…

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Conclusion of preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew

Statement: 20 December 2019 Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine, and seeking a ruling on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction Audio and video ·      You Tube (for viewing) ·      Vidéo (MPEG-4) for download ·      Audio (MPEG-3) for download Today, I announce that following a thorough, independent and objective assessment of all reliable information available to my Office, the preliminary examination into the Situation in Palestine…

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Right or Wrong: Searching for the truth

Meaning is individual. What is right or wrong depends on the speaker and the opinion itself is influenced by the world-view, background, education, group membership, belief, ideologies and other “makeups” of the speaker. Hum. Getting complicated, some would say. So how would one know what is right or wrong? Perhaps, that complexity or multiplicity of meaning explains the war or words going on between the US ambassador to Zambia and President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.  Well, at the end…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: ICC confirms part of the charges, commits suspects to trial

Today, 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued a unanimous decision partially confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona and committed them to trial before a Trial Chamber. In view of ensuring protection of victims and witnesses, the decision is confidential and a redacted version of it will be published in due course. Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of…

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Proverb of the week: Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.

Ngora inlingino nanine; ndobagi nalobehe ngoba. (Nuba-Tira, Sudan) Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns. (English) Generally, Children are expected to be taken care of when they are young, while they are, on the other hand, required to listen to their parents and elders from whom the children learn their life experience. Life is a mysterious journey, full of uncharted and fortuitous dangers. The Nuba-Tira group in Sudan uses this proverb to encourage children not to scorn…

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Nigeria: Admission to ‘Internet fraud academy?’

It is hardly new that a lot of cybercrimes have been linked to the Nigerian internet syndicates, however, there was until now, hardly any tangible evidence to suggest that some of these internet scoundrels actually, enrolled in a special internet fraud school to perfect their underworld credentials and prepare them for the illegal business ahead. Not until recently. In what Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency calls a breakthrough, the agency recently busted an alleged “internet fraud academy” in a remote village…

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South Africa: Cape Town caged by a rise in gang activities

It is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. With its scenic, colossal mountains and seductive sandy beaches, South Africa’s Cape Town has both beauty and historic features you hardly see in any other city in Africa, if not in the world. It is indeed a city that offers a lot for everyone. However, this beautiful city that boasts gorgeous and breathtaking scenes has become nothing enviable today; it has virtually been taken over by crime, with…

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Zimbabwe: Call my street name, your life would be fulfilled

Some call it legacy. Others name it unabashed narcissism. You could hear others yelling “misplaced priority.” They are not done yet. What would you say to those who label it flagrant personal aggrandizement? Or to the group that sees it as sheer madness? Before you respond to that question, bear in mind that some people denounce it as a blatant insensitivity. Hum. For sure, careless acts call for endless lexicons.  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Yes, the new Zimbabwe. The new…

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ICC: Statement of the Prosecutor on the authorisation of investigation in Bangladesh/Myanmar

As announced last week, the Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber III have authorised my Office to commence an investigation into the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”). In my 4 July 2019 Request, I sought authorisation to investigate the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar in the period since 9 October 2016. Specifically, I requested authorisation to investigate crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), in which at…

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Swaziland: Oppositions clash with security agents over anti-King Mswati III petitions

In an unprecedented step, Eswatini (Swaziland) opposition supporters had come out in large numbers in Mbabane, the capital, to show solidarity to their leaders who went to deliver the anti-King Mswati III petitions, demanding for democracy and the ousting of King Mswati III who has been in power since 1986. As expected, however, the supporters were confronted by security officers, who demanded that the opposition leaders present the petitions to them. The opposition leaders, whom municipality had refused to…

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Bangladesh/Myanmar situation: ICC judges authorise opening of an investigation

On 14 November 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) authorised the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for the alleged crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction in the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”). ICC Pre-Trial Chamber III is composed of Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia, Presiding, Judge Robert Fremr, and Judge Geoffrey Henderson. This authorisation follows the request submitted on 4 July 2019…

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