Photo: radiookapi.net via Bing (CC).
Photo: radiookapi.net via Bing (CC).

ICC TC rejects Bemba request for leave to appeal decision on reparations experts: On 29 June 2017, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court rejected Bemba’s request for leave to appeal the Trial Chamber’s decision appointing experts to assist in the reparations proceedings. The Defence took issue with the extent of the orders in view of Bemba’s extant appeal against conviction and with the timetable ordered for submissions. The Defence raised three issues on appeal including whether the Trial Chamber erred in 1) requiring Bemba to file submissions on reparations before issuance of an Appeal Judgment; 2) requiring Bemba to file submissions before knowing the scope of his conviction; and 3) setting a timetable which prevented Bemba from making meaningful submissions by, for example, instructing his own experts.  The Trial Chamber found that none of the matters raised were appealable issues within the meaning of Article 82(1)(d) of the Rome Statute because the issues did not raise legal or factual errors by the Trial Chamber or were not issues arising from the impugned decision. (ICC TC Decision)

Auschwitz, Poland. Photo: MrJamesAckerley via Flickr (CC).
Auschwitz, Poland. Photo: MrJamesAckerley via Flickr (CC).

ICC Judges visit Auschwitz-Birkenau: On 24 June 2017 the Judges of the International Criminal Court attended the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp following a conference in Krakow, Poland. The purpose of the judges’ retreat was to improve appeals proceedings with a view to enhancing efficiency. (ICC Press Release) 

 

Investigation claims fresh evidence of war crimes by UK soldiers: On 1 July 2017 it was reported that a Royal Military Police investigation gathered evidence that, between 2010 and 2013, members of the British Special Air Service (SAS) killed unarmed Afghan civilians and concealed the evidence. Many of the incidents appear to have occurred during night raids against suspected Taliban insurgents. The inquiry is set to conclude in the coming months, with a significant number of cases to be concluded or discontinued. The Ministry of Defence stated that the investigators had found no evidence of criminal behaviour by British armed forces in Afghanistan. The ICC is currently conducting a preliminary examination into crimes committed in Afghanistan by soldiers from the United Kingdom.  (The Times, Evening Standard, The Australian)

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