ICC suspect Al-Werfalli freed after surrender in Libya; won’t be surrendered to ICC: Libyan military police released Libyan National Army commander Mahmoud Al-Werfalli on bail on 8 February 2018. Amidst calls from the ICC for his arrest and surrender, Al-Werfalli had surrendered himself to military police on 7 February 2018. There was a demonstration in Benghazi protesting legal action against Al-Werfalli. The ICC’s arrest warrant accuses Al-Werfalli of involvement in the murder of 33 people in Benghazi in 2016-2017. (The Libya Observer, Eyewitness News)

ICC Permanent Premises, The Hague. Photo: by ICL Media Review (rights reserved).
ICC Permanent Premises, The Hague. Photo: by ICL Media Review (rights reserved).

Prosecution provides PTC with requested additional info on Afghanistan Situation: In response to the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber III’s request of 5 February 2018, the Prosecutor provided further material for the consideration of the Chamber in a response filed 9 February 2018. The material comprised: publicly available reports on the treatment of detainees, torture, and children and armed conflict in Afghanistan; UN Secretary-General reports on the situation in Afghanistan; information about the Islamic State operating in Afghanistan; and the structure, conduct and interrogation policies of United States forces at relevant times. Although not expressly ordered to do so, the Prosecutor also provided information regarding the structure, organisation and conduct of the Afghan forces at relevant times. The proceeding relates to the Prosecutor’s request pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute for authorisation to initiate an investigation into crimes committed on Afghan territory from 1 May 2003 onwards, as well as crimes committed within the context of the situation in other States Parties from 1 July 2002 onwards. (ICC PTC Order, ICC OTP Response)