Category Archives: Other domestic courts

3 February 2016 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – First Pros witnesses against Gbagbo / Ble Goude, Russia not participating in ICC investigation, UN on CAH by N. Korea, ECCC testimony and ethics allegations, ICC complaint on Nigeria, immunity decision in US and more

Ble Goude. Photo: zuzeeko.com via Bing (CC).

Ble Goude. Photo: zuzeeko.com via Bing (CC).

Ble Goude denies responsibility for PEV crimes as first Pros witness testifies: On Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 3 February 2016 in the trial against Gbagbo and Ble Goude the latter’s lawyers have been describing Ble Goude as a peaceful pacificst leader, and likened him to Martin Luther King. Ble Goude told the ICC “When it comes to my fellow citizens, I do not have a single drop of blood on my hands.” Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops called his client a “man of peace” and stated “Charles Ble Goude never ordered the violence”.

After remarks from Ble Goude and his lawyers, the Prosecution called its first witness, who was identified as P-547. The witness was an Ouattara supporter, and was among thousands of supporters of then-President Ouattara, who marched on a television station following the disputed November 2010 election. He testified that “We moved towards the (television station) bare-handed (un-armed). We could not get very close because people were shooting at us.” The witness testified “I ran a bit, fell down, heard a gunshot and fell down again. I saw my leg had been hit.” He said “I was dragging my leg and saw that the bone was sticking out.” (Daily Times, Times Live, Yahoo! News)

Justice Ministry says Russian cannot participate in ICC Russia / Georgia investigation: According to reports the Justice Ministry said that Russia in unable to participate in the ICC’s investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the conflict in South Ossetia in 2008 because it has not ratified the Rome Statute. Spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said Moscow was disappointed with the ICC’s recent activities and would be forced to “fundamentally review its attitude toward the ICC.” Georgia’s Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani replied that “Georgia has chosen to cooperate with the ICC…” ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda previously stated that the investigation would continue even if any side refused to cooperate. (Agenda, The Moscow Times)

North Korea Labour Camp. Photo: Day Donaldson via Flickr (CC).

North Korea Labour Camp. Photo: Day Donaldson via Flickr (CC).

UN investigators say N. Korea leaders should be charged with CAH: United Nations investigator and UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Marzuki Darusman has called for North Korea’s leaders to face trial for crimes against humanity because there has not been any improvement in human rights since a UN report detailed atrocities there two years ago. The 2014 UN report concluded that North Korean security chiefs, and possibly leader Kim Jong Un should face international justice for ordering systemic torture, starvation and killings. Darusman, who co-authored the report, was speaking at the end of a trip to Tokyo, having repeatedly been refused access to North Korea. (Jakarta Globe)

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana. Photo: post-nigeria.com via Bing.

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana. Photo: post-nigeria.com via Bing.

ICC considering communication from human rights lawyer over Nigerian CAHs on arms procurement: The ICC has confirmed that it received and is considering a communication “as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court” submitted by human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN). In the communication, Mr. Falana asked the court to bring to justice those responsible for allegedly diverting eight billion dollars meant for the procurement of arms to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, with a view toward whether these activities amounted to crimes against humanity within the Court’s jurisdiction. (This Day Live, news24)

ECCC hears testimony of former Khmer Rouge military commander: On Tuesday, 2 February 2016 the ECCC heard testimony from defense witness and former Khmer Rouge military commander, and naval commander Meas Voeun. Mr. Voeun testified that he had attended a meeting of the navy, army and air force officers after the Khmer Rouge came to power at which he saw Pol Pot and Nuon Chea. He also testified that when a ship “encroached on our territorial waters,” they would “inspect what kind of ship had encroached.” He testified that fishing boats were chased away “but if we were fired upon we would return fire.” He also recalled one boat of Vietnamese refugees that were handed over to Division 164, commanded by Meas Muth. Under cross examination he testified that once the Khmer Rouge came to power, any Vietnamese left in Cambodia were to be killed. Voeun’s testimony is set to continue. (The Cambodia Daily)

ECCC. Photo: ru.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).

ECCC. Photo: ru.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).

French and Canadian bar associations dismiss alleged ethics violations of ECCC lawyers: French and Canadian bar associations have dismissed the allegations of professional misconduct by the defense lawyers for Khieu Samphan when they refused to attend hearings after requests to postpone proceedings and were rejected. The Trial Chamber referred the lawyers to their respective bar associations, but the respective bar associations found lawyers Kong Sam Onn, Anta Guisse and Arthur Vercken had not acted unprofessionally. (The Cambodia Daily)

US Court of Appeal rejects immunity defense of alleged Somali war criminal living in US: A US Court of Appeals in Virginia denied immunity for Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, an alleged war criminal from Somalia, from prosecution in a US courtroom. The three judge panel dismissed the war crimes element from the case, citing Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum in which a corporate defendant was found not to have significant contacts with the US, and therefore was not eligible for action under the Alien Tort Statute. On the issue of individual immunity the judges’ decision upheld the Fourth Circuit’s decision in Samantar, and allowed Farhan Warfaa’s claims to continue under the Torture Victim Protection Act. (theguardian)

19 January 2016 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – Katanga domestic prosecution, UN Report on Iraq, and more

UN Report cites deaths, mass displacement in Iraq since IS Control: Tuesday, 19 January 2016 a United Nations report details the impact on civilians in Iraq from 1 May 2015 to 31 October 2015 in the conflict in Iraq with IS. According to the report, at least 3,855 civilians were killed, and 7056 wounded. Another 3.2 million people have been internally displaced since January 2014. According to the UN the actual figures could be much higher than those documented, and over half of the deaths took place in Baghdad. The report states that “[d]uring the reporting period, ISIL killed and abducted scores of civilians, often in a targeted manner.” In a press release, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš said “ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and [continues] to cause untold suffering.” The report is based largely on testimony obtained directly from the victims, survivors, witnesses, or internally displaced people. (United Nations News Centre)

 

Germain Katanga. Photo: scrapetv.com via Bing (CC).

Germain Katanga. Photo: scrapetv.com via Bing (CC).

DRC Justice Minister announces plan to prosecute Katanga domestically: According to DRC Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba the DRC has plans to prosecute ex militia leader Germain Katanga after Katanga completes his sentence imposed by the ICC, which is scheduled to end on Monday, 25 January 2016. Justice Minister Mwamba said that Katanga was implicated “in other cases just as serious” as the one he was convicted for by the ICC. Mwamba referenced a case concerning Katanga’s alleged role in the killing of nine peacekeepers in 2005 in the Ituri region, and a case under the authority of military prosecutors which reportedly involves “contacts” that Katanga “continues to have with other officers who are being prosecuted.” Mwamba stated that Katanga would get a “fair” trial and have access to lawyers to defend himself. (Yahoo! News)

Humanitarian aid envoys access Syrian towns; UN reveals plans for additional assistance: Tuesday 19 January 2016, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced that overnight deliveries reached the Syrian towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Kefraya and Foah and OCHA is planning on delivering more assistance. Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson described the situation as “extremely grave” and “catastrophic”, noting that it was believed that 5 people died of starvation since 11 January, when the first aid convoy arrived. Mr. Laerke also stated that in the city of Deir al-Zour, which is under siege by ISIL, there are 200,000 people in the western part of the town that aid organizations do not have unhindered access to. Hilal Elver, a UN human rights expert called for “[a]n immediate and unconditional humanitarian pause in hostilities…to allow humanitarian aid and food to reach everyone in Syria.” (UN News Centre)

18 January 2016 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – Ongwen confirmation of charges and Kosovo Tribunal to be established in NL

Dominc Ongwen. Photo: pambazuka.net via Bing (CC).

Dominc Ongwen. Photo: pambazuka.net via Bing (CC).

Confirmation of charges hearing to begin in Ongwen trial: The confirmation of charges hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen will open on 21 January at 09:30am in Pre-Trial Chamber II at The Hague and are scheduled to last through the 27th of January. In accordance with Article 61 of the Rome Statute, the confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to establish substantial grounds to believe the person committed each of the crimes charged. The Pre-Trial Chamber will then commit the case for trial before a Trial Chamber, if charges are confirmed, and the Trial Chamber would conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings prior to a final verdict. Ongwen faces three counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes. The hearing will be broadcasted live on local television and radio stations in Uganda, enabling the affected communities to follow the trial. (ICC Press Release, Star Africa, all Africa)

iccDutch Gov announces Kosovo Tribunal to be established in NL: The Dutch government announced the establishment of a special court to try war crimes committed during the 1999-2000 war in Kosovo. The special court was approved by Kosovo’s Parliament in August 2015 and will be set up in The Hague. A press release stated the court will “try serious crimes allegedly committed in 1999-2000 by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army against ethnic minorities and political opponents.” The court will be made up of international judges and apply Kosovo laws, creating a Kosovan national court rather than an international tribunal. The court is set to begin operating later this year. An estimated 10,000 people died in the Kosovo conflict with approximately 1,700 still missing. (Jurist, BBC)

6 January 2016 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – ICC Rule 68 decision expected, ECCC testimony on Meas Muth and Bangladesh death sentence upheld

William Ruto. Photo: theconversation.com via Bing (CC).

William Ruto. Photo: theconversation.com via Bing (CC).

ICC AC expected to rule on Rule 68 decision on recanted evidence in Ruto / Sang case: The ICC Appeals Chamber is expected to make a ruling on the application of Rule 68 in the Prosecution’s case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The Trial Chamber allowed the use of the recanted witness testimony under Rule 68 and the defence of Ruto and Sang challenged the decision with the Appeals Chamber. In its decision the Appeals Chamber will consider submissions of the defence teams of Ruto and Sang, the AU, the prosecution and the victims’ legal representatives. The AU and the defence teams argue that Rule 68 was passed in 2013 on the condition that it would not be applied retroactively. According to reports Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda explained to the judges that her witnesses were interfered with and forced to recant their evidence. (All Africa)

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).

ECCC hears testimony on Meas Muth role in capturing US ship: In Case 002, against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the ECCC heard testimony accusing the Khmer Rouge’s former navy Chief Meas Muth of ordering the capture of an American container ship in the gulf of Thailand in 1975. The witness, 2-TCW-1000, whose identity was shielded because of his role in the investigation of the ECCC’s Case 003, where Meas Muth is facing charges for crimes including genocide, testified that the order to capture the S.S. Mayaguez, an American container ship, came from the “superior or upper echelons”. The witness stated “The order came from Ta Muth, in charge of the division, and he gave the order to members of the navy to go arrest the ship or vessel.” Victor Koppe, defense lawyer for Nuon Chea questioned whether the witness knew that Meas Muth gave the order, or had concluded so because of the chain of command. (Cambodia Daily)

Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party. Nizami was convicted by a special war crimes tribunal in 2015 for offenses including genocide, murder, torture and rape that occurred in 1971 as Bangladesh fought for independence from Pakistan. Nizami was jailed and charged with war crimes in 2010. Critics have reportedly accused the government of using the war crimes tribunal as a way to target political opponents. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was satisfied with the verdict but defence lawyers said they did not get justice. (Al Jazeera, BBC News, WSJ)

5 January 2016 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – Ruto / Sang ICC trial to resume, ICTY to address Karadzic and Seselj in 2016 and Sri Lankan Pres speak on WC court

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

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

Ruto and Sang trial resume at ICC on 14 January: The case against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang will resume 14 and 15 January at the ICC. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda closed her case against Ruto and Sang on 4 September 2015. After that both parties filed a no case to answer motion requesting the ICC acquit them of the charges stemming from post-election violence, including murder, forcible transfer of populations and persecution. The defence submits that the case as presented by the OTP has “completely broken down” and alleges that the Prosecution relies on hearsay evidence. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opposed the motions and stated that the defence arguments are speculative and “fail to provide adequate grounds to dismiss any of the charges.” (All Africa, All Africa)

ICTY to deliver verdict in Karadzic case in 2016: Within the first quarter of 2016, the ICTY is set to deliver the verdict in the case against Radovan Karadzic in which he is accused of genocide in Srebrenica and other crimes allegedly committed between 1992 and 1995. His trial started in 2009 and nearly 600 witnesses testified, and over 11,000 exhibits were presented. The prosecution argued that Karadzic was responsible for masterminding genocide, forced expulsions and persecution on a massive scale with the aim of destroying the entire Bosniak community. Karadzic admitted that crimes were committed during the period but insisted that he never ordered them. The court is also set to address how to proceed with the war crimes cases against Vojislav Seselj and Goran Hadzic. (Balkan Insight)

Sri Lankan President answers questions on special court for war crimes: President Maithiripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka said on Sunday, 3 January 2016 that the government would not act “in haste” in setting up a special court on allegations of violations of human rights in the last stages of the civil war. Mr. Sirisena stated that first an evaluation of what happened during the war should occur, and then “subsequent steps” would be necessary and that the implementation should be a “collective exercise”. The President also said that he would make a statement in Parliament on 9 January to initiate the process of drafting a new constitution, but that only after a “comprehensive, organized and nationwide” debate would a decision be made whether a fresh Constitution was needed, or if amendments to the existing Constitution were sufficient. (The Hindu)

22 December 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – Colombian gov admits responsibility for 1988 massacre and Int’l arrest warrant issued for Blaise Compaore

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Photo: panampost.com via Bing (CC).

Colombian Government admits responsibility and asks for forgiveness for 1988 Segovia massacre: The Government of Colombia has held a ceremony admitting responsibility for the 1988 massacre by paramilitary forces in the town of Segovia Colombia, and asking forgiveness of its residents. The ceremony was conducted by the President’s Human Rights advisor, Guillermo Rivera, and acts as the first step towards repentance by the Government for the crimes committed, and towards reconciliation in the conflict between the Government and FARC.  (Colombia Reports)

Former President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore. Photo: loeildelexile.org via Bing (CC).

Former President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore. Photo: loeildelexile.org via Bing (CC).

International arrest warrant issued for deposed President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore: It has been confirmed by Burkina Faso’s military tribunal director that a military court in Burkina Faso has issued an international arrest warrant for former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore over the assassination of Compaore’s predecessor, Thomas Sankara. An investigation into the assassination of Sankara was reopened after Compaore fled Burkina Faso in October 2014 following protests to his attempt to amend Burkina Faso’s constitution concerning Presidential term limits. Sankara was killed on 15 October 1987 during the coup which brought Compaore to power. (Aljazeera, NYTimes, Yahoo News)

 

1 December 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – ASP 14th session, ICTY contempt warrants, testimony for Mladic, ECCC counsel withdrawn, and more

Assembly of States Parties. Photo: bashirwatch.org via Bing (CC).

Assembly of States Parties. Photo: bashirwatch.org via Bing (CC).

ASP concludes 14th session in The Hague: The 14th session of the ASP concluded last week after meeting from 18-26 November in The Hague. The key issues discussed and presented at the session by the State Parties included the ICC’s budget, effectiveness, independence, cooperation and the need for States to incorporate or enhance domestic mechanisms to prosecute atrocity crimes. Victims’ participation, rights and protection were also discussed, as well as gender crimes and how to enhance the ICC’s impact on the ground. There was also discussion about the conflict in Syria and south-eastern Ukraine and how to avoid impunity for any crimes being committed. The main decisions that resulted were a budget increase of 6.83%, the deletion of article 124 of the Rome Statute, and the election of Mama Koité Doumbia to the Trust Fund for Victims. (Coalition for the ICC, ICC ASP Sessions Documentation)

ICTY indicts 3, including lawyers, for contempt in Seselj case: On Tuesday, 1 December 2015, the ICTY unveiled arrest warrants previously issued confidentially on 19 January 2015 for Mr. Jojić and Ms. Radeta, members of Vojislav Šešelj’s defence team, as well as for Jovo Ostojić. The individuals have been charged with contempt of the Tribunal for allegedly having threatened, intimidated, offered bribes to, or otherwise interfered with two witnesses in the trial against Vojislav Šešelj and a related contempt charge against him. The warrants reportedly state that Mr. Jojić pressured a witness to give defence a statement which was “untruthful” and “contained false allegations”. Ms. Radeta reportedly persuaded a prosecution witness to testify for the defence in exchange for help and payments. Šešelj is accused of leading Serb volunteers in a campaign to “cleanse” large parts of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia’s northern Vojvodina region. (Global Post, ICTY Press Release)

Serbian historian testifies for Mladic: Serbian historian Milos Kovic testified in Ratko Mladic’s defence stating that the Bosnian Serbs’ key actions during the war occurred as a response to Bosniak and Croat secession moves and aspirations for sovereignty. Kovic told the ICTY that the conflict “was a secessionist civil war in which the Serbs tried to stay together and respond to the secessionist moves.” Kovic stated his opinion that prosecution experts Patrick Traynot and Tobert Donia were “taking the facts out of context of history.” He said that the Bosnian Serb Army’s actions in Sarajevo were provoked by blockades of the Yugoslav People’s Army barracks in the city in 1992 and the creation of militias that evolved into the Bosnian Army. During cross-examination, Kovic stated “I do not deny the suffering of the Muslim civilians in Sarajevo and Bosnia” in response to a question by prosecutor Arthur Traldi, but also said that Donia did not mention the Serb victims in the capital. (Balkan Insight)

ECCC accused, Samphan, excuses co-international lawyer: According to a letter

Khieu Samphan. Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via Flickr (CC).

Khieu Samphan. Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via Flickr (CC).

released by the ECCC Monday, 30 November 2015 Khieu Samphan has excused International Co-Lawyer Arthur Vercken from his defence team after the French attorney decided to cease representing him in the second phase of Case 002. Although Mr. Vercken was present at the first appeal hearing on 17 November he would not be part of the rest of the appeal process. According to a letter by Khieu Samphan, Mr. Vercken returned to France shortly after the attack in Paris. Victor Koppe, international defence counsel for Nuon Chea informed the court on 23 November that he would continue representing his client. (The Cambodia Daily)

Pakistan reacts to Bangladesh accusation of war crimes: On Monday, 30 November 2015 Pakistan denied that its armed forces had committed war crimes during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 in response to criticisms by the Bangladesh government. Pakistan rejected Bangladesh’s assertions that Islamabad was complicit in crimes of war or atrocities during the struggle of independence against Pakistan as “baseless and unfounded”. A spokesperson for Pakistan said that the State [desires to] further enhance relations with Bangladesh, and that the 1974 Tripartite Agreement is the bedrock of relations between the two countries. (Pakistan Today, Daily Times, The Hindu)

6 November 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – ICC AC dismisses OTP Flotilla appeal, Bensouda addresses UNSC on Libya, ECCC Case 02 criticism and more

Mavi Marmara. Photo: alresalah.ps via Bing (CC).

Mavi Marmara. Photo: alresalah.ps via Bing (CC).

ICC AC dismisses OTP appeal concerning reconsideration of its decision not to investigate crimes committed against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Friday 7 November 2015 the Appeals Chamber of the ICC decided in a majority decision to dismiss the Prosecutor’s appeal against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I without discussing the merits. The Appeals Chamber found that the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber was not one with respect to admissibility and was therefore inadmissible under article 82(1)(a) of the Rome Statute. The Appeals Chamber’s decision was adopted by a majority composed of Judges Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, Howard Morrison and Piotr Hofmański. Judges Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi and Christine Van den Wyngaert appended a joint dissenting opinion. (ICC Press Release)

ICC Prosecutor addresses UNSC on Gaddafi and Al-Senussi cases: On Thursday, 5 November 2015 Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda addressed the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Libya, and addressed the cases of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi. She said that the 28 July 2015 sentence of death for Gaddafi, Al-Senussi and other co-defendants “was an issue of concern as my Office is still calling upon Libya to surrender Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to the ICC.” Prosecutor Bensouda also said “In relation to the Al-Senussi‘s case, my Office continues to monitor proceedings at the national level and collect information to enable it to determine whether there are new facts in support of an application for a review of the decision on the admissibility of the case.” (UN News Centre, Kuwait News Agency, Hague Justice Portal)

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo: via Bing (CC).

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo: via Bing (CC).

 

ECCC court monitors criticize judgment in Case 002: In a report released Wednesday, 4 November 2015, by the East-West Center, the Asian International Justice Initiative and Stanford University’s WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice are critical of the trial procedure and judgment that resulted in Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan sentences of life in prison. The report alleges that the judgment failed to meet the legal standards set by the ICC and the ICTY in part because there was a lack of direct attribution of responsibility to Chea and Samphan in many instances. The report alleges that the Trial chamber prioritized expediency over the rights of the defendants. William Smith, the international deputy co-prosecutor at the Khmer Rouge tribunal refuted the claims that the first phase of Case 002 was rushed. (Cambodia Daily)

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

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

Hearing in Bemba contempt case held mostly in private session: The trial hearings in the contempt case involving former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo and four associates have been held mainly in private sessions. The charges stem from allegations that witnesses testifying in defense of Bemba at his ICC trial were corruptly influenced to give false testimony. He is on trial with Kilolo; former defense case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo; former defense witness Narcisse Arido; and Congolese legislator Fidele Babala Wandu. (all Africa)

ICC PTC declines Victim request to review prosecution decision to close Kenyatta case:  The ICC will not review the prosecution’s decision to stop active investigations into President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case. The judges said there are no judicial proceedings currently before the court with respect to the alleged crimes against humanity committed in Nakuru and Naivasha to warrant active investigation of the case. On 4 October, the victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence asked the Pre-Trial Chamber judges at the ICC to review a decision by the Prosecution not to actively investigate Uhuru’s case. The decision was made in light of a resolve by ICC judges rejecting Prosecutor Bensouda’s request for further adjournment on Uhuru’s case. (The Star)

UK police say no one suspected of Egyptian war crimes traveled in Sisi’s delegation: British anti-terrorist police have confirmed that no one suspected of Egyptian war crimes traveled with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his visit to London. Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party requested the UK’s police anti-terror unit S015 investigate the delegation accompanying the Egyptian President to Britain this week. British courts have universal jurisdiction to investigate allegations of crimes such as war crimes and torture. (Middle East Eye)

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