Gbagbo and Blé Goudé’s Release: Too Little, Too Late

Gbagbo and Blé Goudé’s Release: Too Little, Too Late  On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Laurent Gbagbo (former President of Côte d’Ivoire) and Charles Blé Goudé (former Youth Minister in Gbagbo’s government) from all charges of crimes against humanity committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. It…

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Gbagbo – An Acquittal Foretold

On February 1, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court may decide if it confirms the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé-Goudé, who were acquitted on January 15 by a Trial Chamber. Scholar Thijs Bouwknegt goes back into a case that has shaken the ICC and exposed a highly vexed Office of the…

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A Historic Acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé

A Historic Acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé (Photo credit: Coalition for the ICC). ICC Trial Chamber I has this morning acquitted Laurent Gbagbo, former President of Cote d’Ivôire, and his co-accused, Charles Blé Goudé, former Youth Minister, from all charges of crimes against humanity committed in Cote d’Ivôire in…

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A powerful campaign dubbed Jammeh2JusticeGhana has been launched in Accra, the Ghana capital, calling for prosecution of former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, for the 2005 massacres of 44 innocent Ghanaian migrants in the Gambia, who were on their way to seek greener pastures in Europe and were allegedly mistaken for coup plotters by Jammeh’s intelligence.…

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Ghana News Agency – African regional courts must prosecute international crimes – Gambia Chief Justice

D. Davies – The Gambia, May 9 2018. Banjul (The Gambia) Regional Courts in Africa should be allowed to prosecute international crimes as a way of strengthening complementarity on the Continent, Chief Justice Hassan Jallow of The Gambia suggested. “I remain convinced that complementarity can and should be taken a notch higher by vesting African…

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Yahya Jammeh Should Be Prosecuted, But Where? West African Perspective Meeting in Banjul, The Gambia

Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice of the Gambia, convened a West Africa Stakeholders’ Meeting on Emerging Trends on Complementarity, as well as a 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Rome Statute of the ICC. The meetings were held in Banjul, the Gambia from 25-26 April 2018. Participants…

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ICC issues additional decision on reparations for Lubanga’s victims

On December 15, 2017, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court has issued a decision on victims’ reparations in the case ‘The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’, setting Lubanga’s liability for collective reparations at USD 10,000,000. In a Press Release the Court underlines that “the Chamber examined a sample of 475 applications representative of…

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Ongoing ICC Judicial Elections

Six new judges will be elected to the International Criminal Court at the ongoing session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the ICC at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. So far the Assembly has elected two new judges, namely Akane Tomoko from Japan and Ibañez Carranza Luz del Carmen from Peru, both…

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The International Criminal Court authorizes investigation in Burundi

Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court issued a public decision authorizing the ICC Prosecutor to open an investigation regarding crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court, allegedly committed in Burundi, or by nationals of Burundi outside Burundi from 26 April 2015 to 26 October 2017. In the period under consideration, alleged human rights violations were…

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