Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: getrealphilippines.com via Bing (CC).
Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: getrealphilippines.com via Bing (CC).

ICC OTP publishes annual Report on Preliminary Examinations:  On 4 December 2017, the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court published its seventh annual Report on Preliminary Examinations. These reports are prepared in November each year and provide an overview of the preliminary examination activities conducted during the reporting period, including a summary of the current status of each investigation. The current report details ten situations under consideration for investigation during the period between 1 October 2016 and 30 November 2017: three situations in the “Subject Matter Jurisdiction” phase (Gabonese Republic, Palestine and Ukraine); four situations in the “Admissibility” phase (Columbia, Guinea, Iraq/UK and Nigeria); and three completed investigations (Burundi, Afghanistan and the situation on the Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia). (Office of the ProsecutorFull Report)

Final Submission of Co-Prosecutors filed at ECCC for conclusion of Meas Muth investigation: On 14 November 2017, the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia filed their final submissions in Case 003 to the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges. Case 003 concerns Meas Muth, who held various senior positions in the armed forces during the Democratic Kampuchea regime and who the Co-Prosecutors allege is responsible for crimes against humanity and genocide. The National and International Co-Prosecutors filed separate submissions in this case reflecting their differing views on whether the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges should file an indictment against Meas Muth. While the submissions themselves are confidential, the Co-Prosecutors have released a public statement summarising the contents of the submissions. (ECCCPhnom Penh Post)

13 arrested in Bosnia on allegations of crimes against ethnic Serbs: In Bosnia, police have arrested 13 people suspected of war crimes against ethnic Serbs during the civil war which occurred between 1992 and 1995. Prosecutors allege that the 13 people are former officials in the Bosnian army, territorial defence forces and the interior ministry, suspected of the murder, rape, persecution and expulsion of civilians during the period of the conflict. (Raidió Teilifís ÉireannB92)

Acquitted ICTY Accused, Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: tasnimnews.com via Bing (CC).
Acquitted ICTY Accused, Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: tasnimnews.com via Bing (CC).

Int’l arrest warrant against former ICTY accused, Haradinaj, removed: An international arrest warrant issued against Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has been lifted. Earlier this year Serbia issued the warrant for the arrest of Mr Haradinaj in regards to his suspected involvement in war crimes while leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Mr Haradinaj was initially arrested in France but his extradition to Belgrade was refused and the warrant remained outstanding. Interpol has now lifted the warrants on Mr Haradinaj and 17 others in Kosovo who are alleged to have been involved in war crimes. Mr Haradinaj has twice been tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for war crimes and crimes against humanity and been acquitted on both occasions. (Business Insider)