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ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, requests judicial authorisation to investigate  into the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, requests judicial authorisation to investigate into the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar

Audio and Video –          YouTube (for viewing) –          Video (MPEG-4) for download –          Audio (MPEG-3) for download Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) requested the Court’s Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against the Rohingya people from Myanmar. More specifically, the request seeks authorisation from the Court’s Judges to open an investigation into alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court in which at least one element occurred on the territory of... ...
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The Scientific Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor holds its 6th annual meeting

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor holds its 6th annual meeting

Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, Mr James Stewart, and Head of the Forensic Science Section, Ms Sarah Donnelly, with the members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Office On 20 and 21 June 2019, the Office of the Prosecutor (the “Office”) of the International Criminal Court (the “ICC or the “Court”) held its 6th annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board (the “Board”) of the Office, at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Board provides recommendations to the Prosecutor on... ...
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Stealing from alleged thieves and turning the house of prayer to a den of thieves

Stealing from alleged thieves and turning the house of prayer to a den of thieves

The recent robbery in a church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa not only shows the desperation and audacity of the men of the underworld; it is equally a blunt ironic and indeed, biblical case of converting of the House of prayer to a den of thieves. According to the report, four men came to the church looking for the local pastor, whom they wanted to pray for them for success in their upcoming court appearance. However, in the absence of the pastor, the alleged thieves instead pulled their knives and... ...
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Confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case to open on 8 July 2019: Practical Information

Confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case to open on 8 July 2019: Practical Information

The confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is scheduled to open on 8 July 2019 at 14:00 (The Hague local time) before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the... ...
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Ethiopia: Using ethnic unrest to deter reform and cause anarchy

Ethiopia: Using ethnic unrest to deter reform and cause anarchy

The latest failed coup attempt in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has raised serious security concerns in the country and equally posed undeniable challenges to the bold reforms of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. More than that, the ethnic unrest poses a serious existential threat to the country. The aborted coup a few days ago, which claimed the lives of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the Amhara region was orchestrated by Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Bahir... ...
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ICC Presidency assigns the Situation in Bangladesh/ Myanmar to Pre-Trial Chamber III

ICC Presidency assigns the Situation in Bangladesh/ Myanmar to Pre-Trial Chamber III

The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has constituted Pre-Trial Chamber III, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Geoffrey Henderson and assigned to it the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar. This decision follows a notice by the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, informing the Presidency of her intention to submit a request for an authorisation to open an investigation into this Situation.  The Prosecutor has notified judges that she will seek an authorisation “to investigate... ...
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AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and were also looking to boycott Tuesday evening’s training. The row could add distraction to Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s match against Guinea.  The protest is over allowances. Only coach Gernot Rohr attended the statutory Tuesday’s pre-match media conference organised by the confederation of African Football. When journalists queried the players absence Rohr said: “The players had to stay back for an important meeting.” Ahmed Musa was billed to attend with Rohr but stayed back at the team’s Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt.... ...
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Ethiopia Amhara Unrest:  ‘coup ringleader killed’

Ethiopia Amhara Unrest: ‘coup ringleader killed’

Latest reports from Ethiopia said the suspected ringleader of Saturday’s failed coup attempt in the country’s Amhara region, which claimed the life of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen has been killed by police. The suspected coup leader Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige was shot dead on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, Amhara’s capital, according to the latest reports. Many other coup plotters have been arrested. Both Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the Amhara region were killed while trying to foil the coup, orchestrated... ...
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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 reasonable doubt. Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki and Judge Chang-ho Chung. Order scheduling the... ...
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Unrest in Ethiopia:  Chief of army shot by “mercenaries”

Unrest in Ethiopia: Chief of army shot by “mercenaries”

Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen has been shot following the unrest in the Amhara region of the country. Revealing the news on TV, dressed in military fatigues, the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the defence chief of staff has been attacked by “mercenaries” in the northern regional capital Bahir Dar, but the Prime Minister did not give any further details. However, the government in Addis Abebe had earlier said there had been an “attempted coup” in Amhara. This incidence had been corroborated by residents in the capital... ...
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