13 Jun 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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What Jean-Pierre Bemba's acquittal by the ICC means
by Al Jazeera, 13 Jun 2018

On June 8, the International Criminal Court (ICC) shocked the international justice community and the world by overturning the war crimes conviction of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba's acquittal is a major event that will have significant consequences for the ICC, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Additional petition filed with SC vs withdrawal from Int’l Criminal Court
by Rappler, 13 Jun 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, June 13, asking the court to void the Philippine government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Bemba Set For Release From ICC Detention
by Wairagala Wakabi, International Justice Monitor, 12 Jun 2018

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered the release from detention of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was last Friday acquitted of war crimes. In a decision issued Tuesday afternoon, judges considered it “disproportionate” to further detain Bemba “merely to ensure his appearance for sentencing” in a separate case over his conviction for witness tampering. He will be released as soon as the court’s Registry makes the necessary arrangements.
 

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SA revives threat to leave ICC, using the law’s back door
by The Daily Maverick, 12 Jun 2018

South Africa’s determined ongoing efforts to cut its ties with the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) in the Hague resurfaced at the tail end of a meeting of the Committee of Justice and Correctional Services in Parliament. 
 

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Mexican groups seek ICC probe of drug war crimes by military
By abcNEWS, 11 Jun 2018

Human rights organizations called on International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by the Mexican military in a crackdown on drug crime in the Chihuahua region. The rights groups presented a dossier to prosecutors documenting alleged slayings, torture, rapes and forced disappearances involving 121 victims during 2008-2010, saying they amounted to crimes against humanity. The groups allege that military vehicles and facilities were used during the crimes and that the cases "reveal the existence of a clear organized policy by the authorities against the civilian population."
 

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Germany issues international arrest warrant for top Assad officer
by Reuters, 08 Jun 2018

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for the head of the Syrian Airforce Intelligence on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing German security officials. Jamil Hassan is one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s senior lieutenants. Der Spiegel said prosecutors accuse Hassan of overseeing some of the most horrific crimes committed by Syrian intelligence agencies, including torture, rape and murder of “at least hundreds of people between 2011 and 2013.”

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