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Côte d’Ivoire: Former Prime Minister Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Corruption

(May 15, 2020) On April 28, 2020, the Tribunal Correctionnel (Criminal Trial Court) of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, convicted former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro in absentia of embezzlement and money laundering. The trial lasted only a few hours and was boycotted by Soro’s lawyers in protest of what they claimed were politically motivated, trumped-up charges. Soro, […]

Germany: First Criminal Trial Worldwide on State Torture in Syria Begins

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 23, 2020, the first criminal trial worldwide on state torture in Syria started at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany (docket no. 1 StE 9/19). The two defendants allegedly worked for the Syrian intelligence services and are charged with crimes against humanity in numerous cases. The trial is scheduled to […]

International: International Criminal Court Gives Former Democratic Republic of Congo Militia Leader Maximum 30-Year Prison Sentence

(Nov. 19, 2019) On November 7, 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down its heaviest sanction ever to Bosco Ntaganda, a former deputy chief of staff and commander of operations of the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo (FPLC). Ntaganda was convicted in July 2019 of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Party Names Ex-warlord for Presidential Election Following ICC Acquittal

(Aug. 29, 2018) On June 8, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), of the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (Press Release, ICC, ICC Appeals Chamber Acquits Mr. Bemba from [sic] Charges of War Crimes and […]

Egypt: Bill to Provide Judicial Immunity to Military Commanders

(July 23, 2018) On July 3, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament approved a bill granting judicial immunity to officers of the highest rank in the Egyptian armed forces for military acts committed during the two-and-a-half-year period beginning with the military coup of July 2013. The bill, which will now be sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi […]

International Criminal Court/Mali: Reparations Order Issued for Timbuktu Damage

(Aug. 29, 2017) On August 17, 2017, Trial Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a Reparations Order in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi. (Jaclyn Belczyk, ICC Orders Reparations for Destruction of Timbuktu Shrines, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 17, 2017); Situation in the Republic of Mali in the […]

Poland: Extradition Request for Accused Nazi

(July 18, 2017) In June 2017, special prosecutors from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance filed an extradition request for a man now living in Minnesota.  The request was sent via the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C.  The man in question, Michael Karkoc, was a former commander of a Nazi unit reportedly composed of Ukrainian […]

International Criminal Court/Sudan: Prosecutor Calls for End to Impunity

(June 20, 2017) On June 8, 2017, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), called again for the United Nations Security Council and the world in general to support efforts to pursue justice for violations of human rights in Darfur, a region in western Sudan. (Ram Eachambadi, ICC Prosecutor Urges International Community […]

Australia: Amendments to War Crimes Provisions Relate to Fight Against Islamic State

(Oct. 17, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the Australian government introduced a bill into the Parliament to amend provisions related to war crimes contained in the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).  (Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016, PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA (last visited Oct. 13, 2016).) The proposed changes were first announced by the Prime […]

ICC/Mali: First Guilty Plea in War Crimes Case

(Aug. 24, 2016) On August 22, 2016, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, described as a jihadist from Mali, pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to destroying historical and religious monuments, which is a war crime. He is the first person ever to plead guilty to a charge at that court. (Malian Jihadist Pleads Guilty at ICC to […]