ICC Reports Jordan to UN Security Council for not arresting Al-Bashir: On 11 December 2017, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that Jordan had failed to comply with its obligations under the Rome Statute to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. As a State Party to the Rome Statute, Jordan is obliged to execute warrants imposed by the ICC. The Chamber referred Jordan to both the Assembly of States Parties and the Security Council. Warrants for the arrest of Mr al-Bashir were issued by the ICC in 2009 and 2010 for his involvement in alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur province between 2003 and 2008. (ICC; USNews; Reuters; Middle East Online)

ECCC Pre-Trial Chamber Hearing on Im Chaem Dismissal: On 12 December 2017, the Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) concluded two days of hearings in Case 004/01 against Im Chaem. The hearings concerned an appeal by the Co-Prosecutors against the Closing Order of the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges (OCIJ) regarding the ECCC’s personal jurisdiction. The OCIJ had previously dismissed the charges because Im Chaem was not considered senior enough to be tried by the ECCC, and the PTC will hear submissions from the other parties before determining whether or not it will uphold the OCIJ’s decision. Im Chaem was charged on 3 March 2015 with crimes against humanity for her alleged role as secretary of Preah Net Preah District during the period of the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The case against Im Chaem is the first out of cases 003 and 004 to be heard by the PTC. The closing orders for the other charged persons (Meas Muth, Ao An and Yim Tith) are yet to be finalised. (Phnom Penh Post; Khmer Times; ECCC)