08 Aug 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Ivory Coast's former first lady 'to be freed Wednesday' as president pardons 800 others
The Telegraph, 07 Aug 2018

Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, who is serving a 20-year jail term, will be freed on Wednesday after President Alassan Ouattara granted her an amnesty, her lawyer said on Tuesday. The wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo has spent seven years behind bars for her role in a wave of political violence that claimed several thousand lives in 2010-11.

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Kenya makes appeal to UN on immunity for heads of state
Daily Nation, 03 Aug 2018

Kenya is calling for the United Nations’ judicial body to issue an opinion on whether national leaders are entitled to immunity in international legal proceedings. The request came in a recent letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres from Kenyan UN Ambassador Lazarus Ombai Amayo, who was acting on behalf of the African group of UN member-states.

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Congo ex-VP, acquitted of war crimes, registers as candidate
The Washington Post, 02 Aug 2018

Former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba has submitted his candidacy for the December presidential election, a day after returning to the country following more than a decade away. Bemba registered in the presence of members of his opposition Movement for the Liberation of Congo party, saying he was responding to the aspirations of Congolese. Bemba in June was acquitted of war crimes by appeals judges at the International Criminal Court.

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