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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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Al Hassan case: Appeals Chamber confirms the decision on possible re-characterisation of alleged facts

Today, 1 July 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) delivered its judgment unanimously confirming the decision of Trial Chamber X of 17 December 2020 entitled “Decision on application for notice of possibility of variation of legal characterisation pursuant to Regulation 55(2) of the Regulations of the Court” in the case the Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud. Presiding Judge in this appeal, Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez…

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Breaking News: ex-President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison

South Africa’s Court has sentenced the country’s former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison.   The Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, found him guilty of contempt of court, following the refusal of the former president to appear before it to answer charges related to corruption allegations against him during his presidency.  Mr Zuma’s time as president, which ended in 2018, was eclipsed by corruption allegations and scandals, including rape accusations and allegedly conniving with politicians…

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Mozambique: Female Inmates Turned into Prostitutes by Prison Officials

Call it a correctional centre or reformatory institute. You would think that the purpose of sending one to a penitentiary is to inculcate attitudinal and behavioural change aimed towards making them become a better person. But not always in Mozambique. Not necessarily so presently. Yes, a better person, ideally. Or something worse, perhaps, if you end up in a Mozambique prison.  Recent horrifying reports from Mozambique reveal that staff at a women’s prison in the country have been forcing…

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Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC sworn in as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Today, 16 June 2021, Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC gave his solemn undertaking and formally took office as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) during a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr Khan, a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was elected as ICC Prosecutor on 12 February 2021, for a nine-year term, at the second resumed the nineteenth session…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on her request to open an investigation of the Situation in the Philippines

Today, I announce that the preliminary examination into the situation in the Republic of the Philippines (“the Philippines”) has concluded and that I have requested judicial authorisation to proceed with an investigation. As I stated in December 2019, at the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), I intend to reach determinations on all situations that have been under preliminary examination during…

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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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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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Statement of ICC Prosecutor to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Libya, pursuant to UNSCR 1970 (2011)

17 May 2021 Mr President, Your Excellencies, 1.         It is a pleasure to once again engage with the Council, albeit virtually, due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing is my last before this Council on the Libya situation before the end of my mandate on the 15th of June. I would have preferred to be with you in person but the pandemic has forced us all to adapt and to find new ways of continuing our work. In…

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Ivory Coast: The office of Prime Minister and the abysmal omen

Ordinarily, the prime minister’s office in many countries is powerful; it is a position everyone would dream of and do everything to occupy. Sure, the second in command, after the President. Ask Kamala Harris and the likes; they would wholeheartedly tell you it is a political position some would rather die for to reach. Die for, or perhaps die in, if you are familiar with the political climate of Ivory Coast. Hum!  For sure, it is a desirable influential…

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