ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)
ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)

Closing Ceremony for ICTY held in The Hague:  On 21 December 2017, a ceremony was held to commemorate the closing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  The ICTY was established in 1993 in order to address the criminal responsibility of those most responsible for the international crimes committed during the conflict in the Balkins.  During the 24 years of its existence, the ICTY conducted proceedings in regards to 161 accuseds, including proceedings for 90 individuals convicted and sentenced before the Tribunal and 19 individuals who were convicted.  In 2010 the UN Security Council established the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunal which was opened to address residual proceedings or matters concerning the work of the ICTY and ICTR. (ICTY Press Release)

 

Former Liberian President, Chalres Taylor. Photo: theconversation.com via Bing (CC).
Former Liberian President, Chalres Taylor. Photo: theconversation.com via Bing (CC).

Bail denied for ex-wife of Charles Taylor ahead of domestic war crimes trial:  Agnes Reeves Taylor, the former wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, was been denied bail in the United Kingdom ahead of a domestic war crimes crime.  Reeves Taylor was arrested on 1 June 2017 in the UK by the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit on charges of ‘conspiracy to commit torture’ under the UK’s Criminal Law Act 1977 and torture under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 relating to crimes committed in Liberian civil war.  Her trial is scheduled to begin on 2 October 2018, and she appeared by video link for the administrative hearing on her bail.  (allAfrica)