On 4 September 2020, the ICC Prosecutor received a referral from the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia regarding alleged crimes against humanity committed in its own territory, in August 2020, by members of political party Movimiento al Socialismo and associated organisations.READ MORE
On 24/9/2020, Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office arrested his first suspect, Salih MUSTAFA, former KLA leader, pursuant to an arrest warrant, transfer order and confirmed indictment issued by a pre-trial judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. READ MORE
On 2 November 2020, Mr Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court in the Kenyan situation on 10 March 2015, unsealed on 10 September 2015.
Hysni Gucati was arrested by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office on 25 September 2020 and then transferred to the Detention Facilities of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. READ MORE
Salih Mustafa was a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict. READ MORE
Ali Muhammad Ali Abd – Al-Rahman is said to have led thousands of militiamen / Janjaweed under his command from approximately August 2003 to March 2004, allegedly responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Mr. Abd – Al-Rahman was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Court on June 9, 2020, after having voluntarily surrendered in the Central African Republic. On June 15, 2020, he made his first appearance before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court.
On May 16, 2020, Félicien Kabuga, alleged “financer” of the Rwandan genocide, was arrested in the Paris region. On May 20th, he appeared before the investigating chamber of Paris Court of Appeal and on June 3, the Court authorized his transfer to the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Courts (MTPI), in The Hague or in Arusha. Mr. Kabuga, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity committed between April 6 and July 17, 1994 in the Rwandan region of Kimironko (Kigali), appealed to the Court of Cassation, wishing to “be tried in France”.
On May 6, 2020, the French Court of Cassation issued an important judgment regarding the effect of the temporary surrender of a person subject to a European arrest warrant (“EAW”).
On March 25, 2020, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former French Health Minister Michelle Bachelet urged governments to allow some inmates to be let out of detention facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak. She stated that “in many countries, detention facilities are overcrowded, in some cases dangerously so. People are often held in unhygienic conditions and health services are inadequate or even non-existent. Physical distancing and self-isolation in such conditions are practically impossible”.
On 9 March 2020, the ICC Appeals Chamber unanimously confirmed the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi before the Court and rejected his appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision dismissing his challenge to the admissibility of this case.
On 5 March 2020, the ICC Appeals Chamber (AC) authorised the opening of an investigation into the crimes alleged to have been committed on the territory of Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as other alleged crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan and are sufficiently linked to the situation in Afghanistan and were committed on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute since 1 July 2002.
In its assessment, the Trial Chamber VI of the ICC referenced aggravating circumstances for several of the counts, but failed to find allegations of witness interference as aggravating given a lack of findings on the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. The Chamber also found no mitigating circumstances warranting reduction of sentence in its analysis. Mr. Ntaganda is granted credit for the time he has served since March 2013. READ MORE
On 16 September 2019, the STL Pre-Trial Judge lifted the confidentiality of his decision confirming an indictment against Mr Salim Jamil Ayyash, marking the beginning of a second proceeding before the STL.
Myanmar is not a State Party but Bangladesh ratified the ICC Rome statute in 2010. The Chamber considered that there exists a reasonable basis to believe widespread and/or systematic acts of violence may have been committed that could qualify as the crimes against humanity of deportation across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border and persecution on grounds of ethnicity and/or religion against the Rohingya population.