Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Photo: thisisafrica.me via Bing.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Photo: thisisafrica.me via Bing.

Bemba application on frozen assets regarding Art 70 fine: In the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo before the Appeals Chamber of the ICC, the Defence team has submitted an application to lift the freeze ordered by Trial Chamber III regarding specific assets. In March, Trial Chamber VII ordered that Bemba pay a fine of 300,000 euros within three months, based on the Registry’s calculation of the value of his assets. Trial Chamber III had previously frozen certain assets belonging to Mr. Bemba. Accordingly, the Defence has now issued this application pre-emptively on the basis that many of Bemba’s assets are currently frozen or not easily liquidated (such that it may take time to make some assets free) – they are therefore asking the Appeals Chamber to clarify if they would be in breach of Trial Chamber III’s freezing order if they request Bemba’s DRC bank to disclose the exact amount in his account, furthermore to take such steps as are necessary to ensure the availability to the Court of the funds in this account, in the event that the fine is upheld on appeal. Notably, this Defence application is pre-emptive because the execution of the 300,000 euro fine is suspended due to the Defence appeal against Bemba’s conviction and sentence. (ICC Court Filing)

 

UN Sec-Gen appoints head of investigation panel for Syria: On 3 July 2013 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel – a French judge with extensive experience in the judiciary and in public service, including in the fields of criminal law, transitional justice and human rights – as the first head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria (often referred to as “the Mechanism”). The Mechanism was established by the UN General Assembly in December 2016. Marchi-Uhel has served as the Senior Legal Officer and Head of Chambers at the ICTY, as an international judge at the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the ECCC, and within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as UN peacekeeping missions. (UN News Centre)

 

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

FIDH announces submission of joint communication to ICC on Mexico CAH: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) have announced that, together with several Mexican organisations, will submit a joint communication to the Prosecutor of the ICC requesting that the OTP open a preliminary examination into crimes allegedly committed in the Mexican state of Coahuila between 2009-2016. The report is based on investigative and legal work compiled with the support of over 100 Mexican organizations. The report documents cases of, inter alia, arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearance which are alleged to amount to crimes against humanity committed against the civilian population of Coahuila. Mexico ratified the Rome Statute in 2005, and the report alleges that the lack of investigations underway in Mexico and the nature of the reported crimes make opening an investigation at the ICC imperative. (FIDH Press Statement)