Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ICC, Libya at odds over Gaddafi men

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya’s interim authorities escalated their face-off against the International Criminal Court on Wednesday over custody of the most significant confidants to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi taken prisoner since his ouster and death: his son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Senussi. Thehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif battle over the men’s fate is an early test of the former rebels’ commitment to the rule of the law. Read more ...

Monday, January 23, 2012

The highly anticipated International Criminal Court Ruling on the Kenya case

Today, the Pre-trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed charges against four indicted defendants in the Kenya situation. The Pre-trial Chamber, however, has not confirmed charges against two defendants. The four defendants committed to trial are, William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Sang. Henry Kosgey and Mohammed Ali are free individuals.The four defendants whose charges were confirmed have vowed to appeal the Pre-trial Chamber II ruling.

Below is today's summary of the case:

resentation for 23 January 2012 in Case 1 and Case 2

Court Officer, please, call the two cases in the Kenya situation.

Thank you, Court Officer.

Good morning, to everyone who is joining us from in and around the Court and also to those joining us from the Republic of Kenya via the internet or otherwise.

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court composed of Judges Hans-Peter Kaul to my right, Cuno Tarfusser to my left and I – Ekaterina Trendafilova – the Presiding Judge of this Chamber, has decided to appear in Court this morning in order to present an oral summary of its decisions concerning the charges of the Prosecutor against:

William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang in Case 1 and
Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali in Case 2

Before presenting a summary of the Chamber’s findings, I would like to clarify that this is not a hearing or a Court session. The Prosecutor and the Defence teams are not present, the Legal Representatives of victims are also not in attendance, the Registrar and her colleagues are not here, and the Chamber’s legal officers are also absent from the courtroom.

Rather, the Chamber is alive to its role in ensuring that both the public at large and interested Kenyans, are duly informed of the Chamber’s decisions regarding charges emanating from the violence, which engulfed the Republic of Kenya, after the announcement, on 30 December 2007, of the results of the presidential elections.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chile Eboe-Osuji Makes History As He Becomes 1st Nigerian ICC Judge


Nigeria has produced its first Judge of the International Criminal Court, ICC after 15 rounds of voting in New York leading to the election by the United Nations late on Friday of the Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji, 49, an international legal practitioner.

Chile Eboe-Osuji

Eboe-Osuji, who is enrolled both at the Nigerian and Canadian bars is currently the Legal Advisor of the UN High Commission for Human Rights and before that he was the Head of Chambers for the UN International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda. This is his second attempt at the ICC Judgeship having stood also in 2008 ICC elections.

But it was a long road for him and Nigeria to clinch one of the 6 vacant seats at the world's permanent criminal court after 18 candidates from 18 countries started the contest on Monday afternoon at the UN headquarters.

Of the 6 vacant seats only two were available for countries in Africa and Western Europe and other states to enter, since the 4 other vacant seats were reserved for Asian countries and the Latin American and Caribbean groups at the UN. In previous elections to the ICC judgeships, groups of Africa and the Western Europe and co nations had their own reserved seats already.

In the event the first 4 winners came from those two groups of Asian states and the Latin America/Caribbean states

Regarding the other two generally opened seats, the fight was a straight one behttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giftween 7 African countries, ( namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, and the Central African Republic, CAR) and two leading western nations, France and United Kingdom.

Although the African Union had endorsed only Nigeria and Mauritius for the election, the 5 other nations from the continent still went on to exercise their rights to nominate candidates for the election, thereby splitting African votes in 7 places and making it impossible for the early emergence of any African nation in the earlier voting rounds. Read more ...