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Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: War Crimes Case Confirmed

(Oct. 26, 2010) On October 19, 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it was charging a former official of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with war crimes. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is accused of ordering an armed group in his command in 2002 into the Central African Republic (CAR), which borders the Congo […]

International Criminal Court; Kenya: Office to Open with Immunity for Staff, Property, and Witnesses

(Sept. 8, 2010) The Kenyan government signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC), effective September 3, 2010, to allow the ICC to setup operations in Kenya and to facilitate the ICC's work of investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya (Lucas Barasa, Kenya Allows Hague Free Run in Poll […]

International Criminal Court: Trial of Congolese Leader to Continue

(July 14, 2010) On July 12, 2010, Judge Erkki Kourula and Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova of the International Criminal Court (ICC) turned down a request by Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to drop the charges in his trial. He is facing three counts of crimes against humanity and […]

International Criminal Court: Call for Nations to Join ICC

(June 2, 2010) On May 28, 2010, three days before the opening in Kampala, Uganda, of the first review conference on the International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on the need for the world's nations to join the Court. Referring to the ICC's mission of bringing those who commit […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: ICC Begins Prosecuting Former Warlords

(Dec. 1, 2009) It was reported on November 23, 2009, that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has now begun trying two former Congo rebel leaders, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, for their alleged involvement in crimes committed in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003. (International Criminal Court […]

Czech Republic; International Criminal Court: Membership

(July 27, 2009) On July 21, 2009, the Czech Republic ratified the Rome Statute, the treaty founding the International Criminal Court (ICC), which handles war crime trials, crimes against humanity, and the crime of genocide. The Statute will enter into force for the Czech Republic on October 1, making that country the 110th to become […]

International Criminal Court; Uganda: Venue Determination for LRA Trials

(Mar. 18, 2009) On March 10, 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a statement in which it maintained that it is the ICC's mandate and not that of the Ugandan government to make a determination on venue for the trials of Lord Resistance Army (LRA) chief Joseph Kony and his top aides, Vincent Otti, […]

International Criminal Court: First Trial on Use of Child Soldiers

(Feb. 3, 2009) The trial of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first trial in the ICC's history, began on January 26, 2009. Lubanga Dyilo is accused of recruiting children under the age of 15 to be soldiers. This is the first time an international body has had the […]

International Criminal Court: Former Congolese Leader Charged

(Jan. 15, 2009) On January 12, 2009, the prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally charged Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo with five counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity. Bemba Gombo is the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the crimes he is alleged to have committed took […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Former VP Arrested

(June 2, 2008) On May 24, 2008, Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was arrested in Belgium. The Belgian police were carrying out a sealed arrest warrant issued on May 23, 2008, by the International Criminal Court. The charges include two counts of crimes against humanity […]