Archive for category ICT of Bangladesh

28 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

UN Kosovo Envoy says domestic war crimes court is essential: The creation of a robust special court to adjudicate suspected crimes in Kosovo is taking shape.  Recently, progress to establish the special court has increased due to the results found by an EU special investigative task force that there is sufficient evidence to indict a handful of individuals for serious crimes committed during this period. (Yahoo News).

Sri Lanka General proclaims innocence; would welcome opportunity to “clear” his name:  Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, once General of the Sri Lankan army that defeated the Tamil Tigers, has issued a statement declaring his welcoming of an investigation into his actions during Sri Lanka’s civil war.  Fonseka asserts that he was in no way involved in any type of war crime and wishes to clear his name of any false allegations.

Mujahid Appeal Verdict expected from Bangladesh Supreme Court:  It has been announced that the verdict on an appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid against his death sentence awarded by a war crimes tribunal will be out on June 16. Mujhahid was convicted on 5 of the 7 war crime charges levelled against him.  He was found guilty of orchestrating the murder if unarmed intellectuals and mass executions.

Seselj outspoken about planned appeal against return to The Hague:  Vojislav Seselj has stated that he plans to appeal the order to return to The Hague issued by the UN war crimes.  Seselj has made clear that he has no plans of returning to the UN tribunal which has charged him with recruiting paramilitary forces during the Balkans wars.  (DW).

UN Security Council adopts resolution to condemn violence against journalists:  The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that calls for the release of all media professionals who have been kidnapped or taken as hostages, in situations of armed conflict.  This act by the UN comes in response to the increasingly dangerous world that journalists in conflict stricken countries inhabit.  It has also been determined that Syria is the deadliest place to be a journalist.  (For additional information on this topic, please click here) (UN, Euronews).

ECCC witness testifies to poor working conditions, executions in Case against Chea, Samphan:  A victim of the Khmer Rouge, Hun Sethany, testified before the Extraodinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia during Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.  She wept onpenly as she recounted the events that plagued her and her family during the late 1970s while under the control of the Khmer Rouge.

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27 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

AC confirms admissibility of Simone Gbagbo case before ICC: The ICC Appeals Chamber today, 27 May 2015, upheld the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision that the case against Ivorian politician Simone Gbagbo is admissible before the court. The Appeals Chamber, limited in review to whether the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision was correct, found that the Pre-Trial Chamber committed no errors in its assessment of the crimes being investigated domestically or in determining that no relevant domestic investigations were currently being conducted in Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire appealed the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision in December 2014. (ICC).

ICC contempt case to begin on 29 September: The trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo et al. for offences against the administration of justice is scheduled to begin 29 September 2015; the ICC announced in a press release on 22 May 2015. The Trial Chamber conducting the trial further directed the Prosecution to provide a list of evidence and witnesses by 30 June 2015. The five accused allegedly bribed witnesses with money in return for false testimony and presented false evidence in court. (ICC).

Serbian Justice Ministry receives order from ICTY AC for return of Seselj: On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, Serbia’s Minister of Justice, Nikola Selakovic, confirmed that he had received the order from the Appeals Chamber to return Vojislav Seselj to the ICTY. Selakovic said that the Serbian government would review the order and proceed according to domestic and international law. Seselj was granted provisional release in November 2014 to seek medical care in Serbia.  In March 2015, the ICTY appeals judges found that Seselj had breached the terms of the release and ordered his immediate return to The Hague. (For additional information on this topic, please click here) (InSerbia, Yahoo).

EULEX sentences 11 for war crimes: Judges from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo sentenced 11 Kosovo Albanian ex-guerrillas to imprisonment on 27 May 2015. The ex-guerrillas were found to have committed war crimes during Kosovo’s 1998-99 conflict, including atrocities against Kosovar civilians. The ex-guerillas received prison sentences ranging from three to twelve years. (Yahoo).

ICT Bangladesh orders medical treatment and report for war crimes suspect: On Monday, 25 May 2015, the International Criminal Tribunal for Bangladesh ordered a 100-year-old war crimes suspect to jail. The ICT also directed the jail to provide the suspect, Moulavi Samsuddoha, with medical treatment, if necessary, and report on his health by 2 June 2015. Samsuddoha is accused of crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War. (The Daily Star).

Amnesty reports war crimes by Hamas against Palestinians in 2014: In a report published today, 27 May 2015, Amnesty International accused Hamas forces of abducting, torturing and unlawfully killing Palestinians thought to be “collaborating” with Israel during the Gaza conflict last year. Amnesty International said some of these “spine-chilling actions” by Hamas forces could amount to war crimes.  It is reported that more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in the conflict. (Reuters).

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26 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICTY Prosecutor to visit Belgrade: Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY, Serge Brammertz, is set to visit Belgrade in preparation of his biannual report to the United Nations Security Council. The Chief prosecutor of the ICTY must submit a report on his completion strategy every six months. (InSerbia)

Serbia says no order released from ICTY on Seselj’s return: Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated that Serbia has not yet received an official order from the ICTY for Vojislav Seselj’s return to detention after his provisional release. Vucic stated that the Serbian government would act in accordance with Serbian and international law once the order was received. (InSerbia)

Jamaican Justice Minister announces legislation to join ICC: Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, stated that legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that will allow Jamaica to join the ICC. According to Golding, the legislation should be enacted by the end of the year. (The Gleaner)

Taylor’s appeals against decisions on detention denied: Former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, has had appeals denied. His first appeal was against his fifty-year sentence in jail and the second appeal appealed the motion denying him a transfer out of the UK to Rwanda. The President of the Residual Court for Sierra Leone Justice Philip N. Waki denied both of these appeals. (The New Dawn Liberia)

MINUSMA investigating human rights violations in Mali: The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, stated that it would investigate human rights violations in Mali. Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq stated that MINUSMA has sent an investigation team into northern Mali. MINUSMA is concerned with the continuous armed conflict found in the region. (Global Times)

Shamsuddoha arrested after ICT Bangladesh issues warrant: ICT Bangladesh recently issued a warrant for Shamsuddoha, a war crimes suspect. Shamsuddoha was arrested along with four others of the the sixteen total suspects. (Business Standard)

CAR taking lessons on special court from Habre trial: Central African Republic, CAR, wants to learn from the Senegalese Extraordinary African Chambers conducting the Hissène Habre trial. Habre is being tried for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes during his reign as Chadian President. CAR voted to set up its own Special Court to bring to justice those who committed crimes against humanity or war crimes in the CAR region since 2003. (All Africa)

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19 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Three Bangladesh suspected sued for crimes against humanity: MA Hannan, a Jatiya Party lawmaker, and two other suspects (Md Fakruzzaman and Golam Rabbani, members of Al-Badr) have been sued in Mymensingh. The suit is for for alleged crimes against humanity that occurred during Mymensingh’s Liberation War in 1971.  The judicial magistrate forwarded the case to the International Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka. (Prothom Alo)

Journalist refuses to testify before ECCC unless foreign leaders called: Journalist Thet Sambath stated that he will not testify before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia unless those that were leaders between 1975 and1979 of China, Russia and Vietnam were called to testify as well. Sambath is calling for an amendment to a law between the Cambodian government and United Nations that states the UN will not call leaders from foreign countries to trial. Only then will he testify. (Cambodia Daily)

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12 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICC’s first acquitted accused deported to DRC: Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, formerly accused of war crimes, was deported back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday. Chui was acquitted by the ICC and filed for asylum in the Netherlands for fear of safety in the DRC.  Dutch authorities dismissed his application and sent him back to the DRC. Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, international justice advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, stated that HRW is calling on the DRC authorities to ensure Chui’s safety and security in the DRC. HRW is also calling upon dutch authorities and the ICC to monitor the situation. (Expatica, Human Rights Watch) (for additional information click here)

HRW calls for ICC investigation into on-going crimes in Libya: Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations Security Council to look at ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda’s briefing on Libya. HRW called for an investigation into the ongoing crimes happening in Libya. HRW states that Libyan authorities have not responded properly to ongoing situation. They have not investigated or prosecuted those responsible for crimes. HRW is looking to the ICC to properly investigate these crimes. (Human Rights Watch)

ECCC victim representation faces funding cuts: Lawyers at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia have seen recent cuts in their salaries. Victim representation has seen major funding cuts due to  donor shortages. Attorneys from the Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) and Legal Aid to Cambodia (LAC) stated that these cuts may dictate whether or not they continue representation of victims in the court. (Phnom Penh Post)

ICT Bangladesh issues 11 arrest warrants: ICT Bangladesh issued 11 arrest warrants for alleged Razakars of Jessore, for war crimes committed during the Liberation War in 1971. “The suspects are Ibrahim Hossain, Billal Hossain, Sheikh Majibur Rahman, Abdul Aziz Sardar, Aziz Sarder, Kazi Oahidul Islam, Lutfar Moral, Abdul Khaleq Moral, Akram Hossain, Ozehar Moral, and Mushiar Rahman.” (The Daily Star)

African Commission for HR’s 56th session concludes: The 56th Ordinary Session on Human and Peoples’ Rights concluded with resolutions that support “the strife against prevalence of human rights violations in Africa.” Commissioner Mute of the African Commission stated that the Commission passed resolutions that condemned xenophobic attacks in South Africa, urged Kenyan human rights, and rehabilitation rights for torture victims. (All Africa)

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11 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Sri Lanka to begin domestic war crimes investigation in September: A domestic accountability mechanism will be in place in Sri Lanka by September 2015 to investigate alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the country’s 26-year civil war; said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The Foreign Minister also said the mechanism will involve “foreign technical expertise” and address accountability and reconciliation.  The announcement of the mechanism comes days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Sri Lanka and urged the government to cooperate with the U.N. and conduct a credible “investigation that meets international standards.”  (For additional information on this topic, please click here and here) (News.LK, The Daily Star, The Hindu).

ICT Bangladesh charges 5 Kishoreganj war crimes suspects: Prosecutors at the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh have brought charges against 5 Kishoreganj suspects for war crimes.  Specifically, the 5 are suspected of mass killing, torture, looting and confinement during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War. The Tribunal expects to decide by 13 May 2015 on whether to accept the charges. (The Daily Star).

Hadzic reportedly sent back to ICTY, The Hague: Unofficial sources are reporting that former President of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, Goran Hadzic, has been sent back to the ICTY detention center. Hadzic, who was granted provisional release by the ICTY last month, arrived in Serbia on 16 April 2015 to seek medical care for brain cancer. Hadzic faces charges at the ICTY for crimes against humanity and violation of the laws and customs of war committed during the war in Croatia in the early 1990s.  (Dalje.com).

ICC Prosecutor Bensouda expresses concern at Burundi pre-election violence: ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is concerned that violence may escalate leading up to the 26 May and 26 June 2015, legislative and presidential elections in Burundi.  Bensouda warned that the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC will open investigations and hold accountable those committing crimes during the elections that fall within the jurisdiction of the Court. Bensouda noted this also applies to political leaders in Burundi who “are equally responsible for ensuring the peaceful conduct of elections and that their supporters refrain from violence—before, during and after the elections. (ICC).

Russia seeks extradition of Nazi war crimes suspect in Quebec: Russian officials have requested that Canada extradite Vladimir Katriuk, a 93-year-old Quebec man accused of Nazi war crimes. A Russian Investigative Committee found that Katriuk “volunteered to serve in the SS battalion 118 and was personally involved in a genocidal massacre of the (Belorussian) village of Khatyn, organized by this Nazi formation on March 23, 1943.”  Katriuk has been living in Canada since 1950.  (The Toronto Sun).

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13 April 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICT of Bangladesh convictee, Kamaruzzaman, hanged despite tension over execution: On Saturday, 11 April 2015, authorities in Bangladesh executed senior Islamist politician Muhammad Kamaruzzaman who had been found guilty of crimes against humanity by the ICT of Bangladesh in May 2013.  Kamaruzzaman’s conviction by the Tribunal stemmed from crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war and while the senior politician headed a militia group responsible for the massacre of some 120 unarmed farmers.  The United States had urged the country not to carry out the execution, especially since a December 2013 execution for similar crimes by authorities in Bangladesh sparked violence and tension.  A statement issued before the execution by a U.S. State Department spokesperson said “Until these [domestic and international] obligations can be consistently met, it is best not to proceed with executions given the irreversibility of a sentence of death.” (For additional information on this topic, please click here, here and here) (Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Guardian, Indian Express).

Amnesty calls for immediate investigations into crimes in Ukraine: Amnesty International has urged for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into crimes, including executions, committed against captive Ukrainian soldiers by Russian-backed forces in east Ukraine.  Amnesty’s demand follows the release of video and testimonial evidence that a Ukrainian soldier was taken captive, interrogated and executed.  Amnesty Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director Denis Krivosheev stated “The new evidence of these summary killings confirms what we have suspected for a long time.  The question now is: what are the separatist leaders going to do about it?” (Ukraine Today).

ICTY Secretariat ordered to collect latest health information of Seselj: The ICTY has ordered the ICTY Secretariat to contact Vojislav Seselj’s medical team about the health condition of the former Serbian leader.  Seselj was granted provisional release in November 2014 to seek medical care in Serbia under the condition he not interfere with victims or witnesses and return to the Tribunal if summoned.  On 30 March 2015, the ICTY appeals judges found that Seselj breached the terms of his release and ordered his immediate return to The Hague.  (InSerbia).

Defence witness for Mladic testifies into investigations into Srebrenica: A former military policeman for the Bosnian Serb army testified in the ICTY trial of Ratko Mladic that he was never requested to investigate rumors of mass executions of Muslim prisoners during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The defence witness, Nebojsa Jeremic, stated that his duties were to investigate, take statements and write orders regarding soldiers’ misconduct but denied knowing about prior to or having any involvement in the executions.  Mladic faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  (IWPR).

HRW calls Egypt sentencing of Muslim Brotherhood members politically motivated: Human Rights Watch is calling the death sentence by an Egyptian court of 14 senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood “politically motivated” and “blatantly unjust”.  The 14 members were convicted for protesting the removal of the democratically elected then President Mohamed Morsi by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013.  Security forces killed hundreds during the protests and have claimed that armed members within the Muslim Brotherhood started the violence.  (Al Arabiya News).

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