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Event marks 17 July, Day of International Criminal Justice

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014

Ambassador of Croatia H.E. Ms Vesela Mrđen Korać speaks at the event commemorating 17 July as the Day of International Criminal Justice in The Hague © ASP

On 10 July 2014, an event commemorating 17 July as the Day of International Criminal Justice was held in The Hague (Netherlands). The speakers, who included the Presidents of the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), as well as the ICC Deputy Prosecutor and the ICC Registrar, reiterated their shared commitment to ending impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community and to bring justice to the victims through independent, fair and impartial proceedings.  The speakers were called upon to reflect on the gains made thus far in this struggle and to ponder on the means to address the challenges present in pursuing that endeavour.

The event was organised by the Ambassador of Croatia in her capacity as the Facilitator on Strategic Planning in The Hague Working Group of the Assembly of States Parties  to the Rome Statute of the ICC, with the support of the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to the International Organisations in The Hague; the Ambassadors of Hungary, Latvia, Norway and Switzerland and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the ICC, as well as the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The 17th of July marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. At the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, the -States Parties of the ICC decided to commemorate this unique date, recognising the efforts of the international community to strengthen the emerging system of international criminal justice and to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression.

This event is part of the broader commemoration of 17 July, the Day of International Criminal Justice. Other activities this year include a new Justice Matters social media campaign with a worldwide call for photos to be posted on Facebook at in the lead-up to 17 July, expressing support for international criminal justice from around the world. Participants can also tweet using the #JusticeMatters and #17July hashtags. The social media campaign aims to raise awareness of the vital need for international criminal justice worldwide, and to connect those who strive for this important cause.



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ICC: Blé Goudé case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 22 September 2014

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014

Situation: Côte d’Ivoire

Case:The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé

The 11 July 2014, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé to 22 September 2014, in order to enable the parties to complete the disclosure of evidence prior to the hearing. The hearing was previously scheduled to commence on 18 August 2014.

The Chamber granted the Prosecutor until 22 August 2014 to complete disclosure of the evidence, including additional new evidence, on which she intends to rely at the confirmation of charges hearing as well as to file the Document Containing the Charges. The Defence shall complete the disclosure of its evidence, for the purpose of this hearing, by 5 September 2014.

Background: On 27 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé made his first appearance before the ICC and Single Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi had initially set the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing for 18 August 2014.

On 22 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé was surrendered to the ICC by the national authorities of Côte d´Ivoire on the basis of a warrant of arrest issued by ICC judges on 21 December 2011 and unsealed on 30 September 2013.

Charles Blé Goudé, national of Côte d’Ivoire, 42 years of age, allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Côte d’Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.



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Bemba, Kilolo et al. case: Appeals Chamber dismisses the appeals of Messrs. Kilolo, Babala and Mangenda

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014

Situation: Central African Republic
Case:The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido

The 11th July 2014, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgments in which it dismissed, by majority, the appeals of Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo against the decisions of Pre-Trial Chamber II of 14 and 17 March 2014 rejecting their requests for interim release.

During a public hearing held today at the ICC, the Presiding Judge in this appeal, Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, read a summary of the judgments explaining that the Appeals Chamber, by majority of its five judges, decided, after a thorough examination, to dismiss the grounds of appeal submitted by the three suspects, having found no clear errors materially affecting the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decisions.

Judge Monageng also read a summary of the dissenting opinions of Judge Anita Ušacka and Judge Erkki Kourula. Judge Ušacka considered that, given the fact that offences against the administration of justice are in no way comparable to core crimes under the Rome Statute, the Pre-Trial Chamber erred in applying existing jurisprudence on interim release to analyse whether their continued detention was justified. Judge Kourula opined that the Pre-Trial Chamber erred in stating that the offences were of ‘utmost gravity’, and held this to have critically impacted the Pre-Trial Chamber’s assessment of the conditions under article 58 (1) (b) of the Statute. Both dissenting opinions concluded that the matter should be remanded to the Pre-Trial Chamber for a new decision on each of the suspects’ requests for interim release.

Background: On 20 November 2013, Judge Cuno Tarfusser, acting as single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II,  issued a warrant of arrest for Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, his lead Counsel Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo (a member of Mr Bemba’s Defence team and case manager), Fidèle Babala Wandu (a member of the DRC Parliament and Deputy Secretary General of the Mouvement pour la Libération du Congo), and Narcisse Arido (a Defence witness) for offences against the administration of justice allegedly committed in connection with the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, consisting of corruptly influencing witnesses before the ICC and presenting evidence that they knew to be false or forged. All suspects in this case are currently in the ICC’s custody.



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UN commitment to Government and people of Somalia remains strong following attack on Villa Somalia

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 9, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, has condemned last night’s attack on Villa Somalia, the seat of the Federal Government in Mogadishu. This was the latest in a series of attacks by Al Shabaab against Somalia’s political institutions, and comes after a failed attack against Parliament on 5 July.

Speaking from Villa Somalia today, following meetings with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, SRSG Kay said, “Political progress in this country is only possible through the unity of its political institutions, which is why they are being attacked by those determined to plunge Somalia back into turmoil. The United Nations will continue to assist the people and institutions of Somalia as they make progress towards stability and peace.

“I commend the prompt action taken by the Somali and African Union security forces, who successfully dealt with the attack. They need the active support and cooperation of the people of Mogadishu. I commend the Government’s swift action to learn lessons from the recent attacks and to take steps to improve the delivery of security services.

“We continue to work actively with the Federal Government, AMISOM and international partners to build strong national security institutions to secure the country,” he added.

SRSG Kay extends his deepest sympathies to those affected, and to their friends and families.




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The governing bodies of BOAD re-appoint President Chistian Adovelande and Vice-president Bassary Touré

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the common development finance institution of the eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)

LOME, Togo, July 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – At their meeting held on 28 June 2014 in Dakar, the WAMU Council of Ministers re-appointed Mr. Chistian Adovelande, President of BOAD ( for another term of 6 years. As regards the Vice-president, Mr. Bassary Touré, he was renewed for another term of 5 years by the Board of Directors at its meeting held on 24 June 2014 in the Senegalese capital city.

Born on 29 October 1950 at Porto-Novo (Republic of Benin), Mr. Chistian Adovelande joined BOAD in April 1978. After assuming office in various senior executive positions, he held from 1995 to 1999, the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Guarantee Fund for Private Investments in West Africa (“GARI SA”). From 2000 to 2002, he assumed office as Chairman and CEO of CAURIS MANAGEMENT SA, the first sub-regional private equity investment company in French-speaking West Africa, and Managing Director of CAURIS INVESTISSEMENT SA, a venture capital company. In 2002, Mr. Christian Adovelande was appointed President of ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) for 9 years, prior to his appointment at the helm of BOAD on 14 February 2011.

For his part, Mr. Bassary Touré, born on 1st February 1950 at Thiès (Senegal), assumed high-level positions in the Malian civil service, before being appointed Minister of Economy and Finance of Mali from 1991-1992 and then from 2002-2004. He also served from 1998 to 2002 as a World Bank Executive Director for many African countries, and thereafter, from 2007-2009, as Resident Representative of African Development Bank to Gabon. He became Vice-president of BOAD in June 2009.

Established on 14 November 1973, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the common development finance institution of the eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Its purpose is to promote the balanced development of its member countries and foster economic integration in West Africa by financing public and private projects in various sectors. The institution’s share capital currently stands at FCFA 1,155 billion. As at 30 June 2014, the aggregate commitments of BOAD in the WAEMU region stood at FCFA 3,124.9 billion for 715 operations.




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Resignation of ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul

Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2014
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We regret to announce that Judge Hans-Peter Kaul has resigned from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for health reasons. His resignation will take effect on 1 July 2014. Judge Kaul’s full term at the ICC would have ended on 11 March 2015.

The President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, expressed deep regret over Judge Kaul’s departure from the Court and the circumstances which necessitated his resignation. “I thank Judge Hans-Peter Kaul wholeheartedly for his dedicated service to the Court and his pioneering role in the ICC’s development, even before the Court was established”, President Song stated. “I worked closely with Judge Kaul, particularly when we were first sworn in together in 2003 and when he served with me in the Presidency as Second Vice-President from 2009 to 2012. I have enormous respect for his deeply humanist personality and his substantial contributions to international justice, which will continue to guide the Court in the future.”

A German national, Judge Kaul has served as an ICC Judge for 11 years. In the first elections of ICC judges in February 2003, he was elected by the States Parties to the Rome Statute for a three-year term and assumed his duty on 11 March 2003. He was re-elected in 2006 for a further term of nine years.

Judge Kaul was a member of the ICC’s Pre-Trial Division, serving as the Division’s President from 2004 to 2009, as well as from 8 April 2014 until his resignation. He contributed to important decisions in proceedings regarding situations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur (Sudan), the Central African Republic, Kenya, Libya and Côte d’Ivoire and related cases.

Judge Kaul also served for several years on various committees related to the Permanent Premises: he was chairman of the Inter-Organ Committee on the Permanent Premises (2003-2008), the senior representative of the Court in the Jury of the International Architectural Design Competition, and contributed to the work of the Oversight Committee of States Parties, playing an important pioneering role in the process which eventually led to the planning and construction of the ICC’s future permanent home.

From 1996 to 2003, Hans-Peter Kaul served as chief negotiator and head of the German delegation during the process leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Court.



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