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ICC judges reject opening of an investigation regarding Afghanistan situation

On 12 April 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice.

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Sentence aggravated in appeal for Mr. Radovan Karadžić by the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

On 20 March 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals delivered its judgement on the appeals filed by Mr. Radovan Karadžić and the Prosecution against the judgement rendered on 24 March 2016 by a Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

 

The Appeals Chamber set aside the sentence of 40 years of imprisonment and imposed on Mr. Karadžić a sentence of life imprisonment.

 

Cf. IRMCT Press Release, http://www.irmct.org/en/news/appeals-chamber-international-residual-mechanism-criminal-tribunals-delivers-judgement-karadžić

Interpretation by the CJUE of the Council Framework Decision of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant

By a judgement of 12 February 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States must be interpreted as precluding a national provision, such as that at issue in the main proceedings (in The Netherlands), which lays down a general and unconditional obligation to release a requested person arrested pursuant to a European arrest warrant as soon as a period of 90 days from that person’s arrest has elapsed, where there is a very serious risk of that person absconding and that risk cannot be reduced to an acceptable level by the imposition of appropriate measures.

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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona transferred to ICC for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes

Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona transferred to the ICC on 23/1/2019, for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, following the issuance of an ICC arrest warrant on 7/12/2018 and his arrest in France on 12/12/2018 Mr Ngaïssona – who was the most senior leader and the “National General Coordinator” of the Anti-Balaka – is alleged to be responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in various locations in the CAR, including Bangui, Bossangoa, the Lobaye Prefecture, Yaloké, Gaga, Bossemptélé, Boda, Carnot and Berberati, between at least 5 December 2013 and at least December 2014.

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