Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Photo: radiookapi.net via Bing (CC).
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. Photo: radiookapi.net via Bing (CC).

ICC AC asks parties for submissions on 7 questions on contextual elements of CAH for Bemba appeal: On 30 October 2017, the Appeals Chamber in the Bemba case ordered the parties to submit answers in relation to the contextual aspects of the organizational policy. After his conviction by Trial Chamber III on 21 March 2016, Mr. Bemba filed his Appeal Brief on 19 September 2016 where he argued that the “organizational policy to commit an attack directed against the civilian population” was not established. The Appeals Chamber approved to receive further submissions on the contextual aspects of the organizational policy but these were not filed. Hence, the Appeals Chamber orders submissions answering the 7 following questions: “i) How should a “policy” be understood: can it be inferred from the manner in which the crimes were committed or does it require something more?;(ii) Whether a policy to attack the civilian population was adequately described in the present case; (iii) What was the organizational policy in the present case?; (iv) Whether the factors relied upon by the Trial Chamber cumulatively provided a sufficient basis for its finding that there was an organizational policy in this case; (v) Whether, on the basis of the evidence accepted as credible in this case, it was erroneous for the Trial Chamber to have concluded that there was an attack directed against a civilian population, i.e. a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of criminal acts against a civilian population; (vi) Whether, on the basis of the evidence accepted as credible in this case, it was erroneous for the Trial Chamber to have concluded that the attack was widespread; and (vii) Whether, in respect of questions v and vi, it was erroneous for the Trial Chamber to have reached its conclusions on the evidence before it”. Filings shall intervene by 13 November 2017 for Defence, 27 November 2017 for the Prosecutor’s response, 11 December 2017 for potential victims’ observations. (AC DecisionBemba’s Appeal Brief)

ICTY Prosecutor, Serge Brammertz. Photo: en.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).
ICTY Prosecutor, Serge Brammertz. Photo: en.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).

 

MICT / ICTY President Brammertz to conduct visit to Sarajevo: Serge Brammertz, MICT and ICTY Prosecutor, will conduct visit in Sarajevo from 6 to 8 November to prepare for his biannual reports to the UN Security Council, due in December 2017. Mr. Brammertz will meet with the “members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Acting Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadić”, the representatives of victims’ organizations and members of the diplomatic community. (MICT website)

 

Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Photo: balkaninsight.com via Bing.
Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Photo: balkaninsight.com via Bing.

Stanisic defence requests adjournment to examine additional admissible evidence: TBC soon