Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al Werfalli. Photo: via Bing (CC).
Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli. Photo: via Bing (CC).

LNA Commander al-Werfalli announces his surrender to Libyan Army’s HQ to allow for investigations into ICC charges: General Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a senior military commander of the eastern Libyan Army announced in a video on 7 February 2018 that following the instructions from the General Commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, he surrendered himself to the army’s military police to complete the ICC investigations. There has not yet been any official confirmation of his arrest. The reported surrender comes after the ICC Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda requested the Libyan authorities in a memorandum issued in January 2018, to hand al-Werfalli to the ICC for investigation of the alleged summary executions. The ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I issued an arrest warrant against Mahmoud al-Werfalli on 15 August 2017 for committing murder as a war crime and alleged participation in the killings of detainees in Benghazi. Following the arrest warrant, General Khalifa Haftar informed the ICC of Mahmoud al-Wefalli’s arrest and investigation into alleged crimes by the military prosecutor. However, the ICC Prosecutor, in an official statement in September 2017, noted that there were contradictory reports that al-Werfalli was still at large following this alleged arrest. Subsequent to that, and based on new videos allegedly depicting al-Werfalli participating in the executions, further calls were made by the ICC Prosecutor for al-Werfalli’s arrest. (Middle East Monitor, Al Arabiya)

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Photo: Ratko Mladic via Bing (CC).

Mladic Defence seeks conviction annulment due to alleged impaired mental faculties: Due to serious neurological health problems reported by the Defence, counsel for Ratko Mladic requested the MICT Appeals Chamber on 31 January 2018 to vacate the Trial Judgment and stay the appeal proceedings until Mr. Mladic’s health is stabilised. The Defence submitted, quoting the expert opinion of Mr. Mladic’s examining doctor, that over the course of the trial, including  delivery of the Trial Judgment, Mr. Mladic’s cognitive disorder prevented him from fully following the proceedings. The ICTY Trial Chamber rendered its judgment against Ratko Mladic, the former Commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), on 22 November 2017. It sentenced him to life imprisonment for his participation and contribution to the crime of genocide committed in Srebrenica in 1995, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Sarajevo and hostage taking of UN personnel, but acquitted him of genocide in several other Bosnian Municipalities in 1992. (Balkan Insight; MICT – Defence Motion, redacted).

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