16 August 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Situation in Libya: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I issues a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf AL-WERFALLI for war crimes
By International Criminal Court , 15 Aug 2017

Today, 15 August 2017, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf AL-WERFALLI ("Mr Al-Werfalli") allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya.

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ICC chief prosecutor to inspect Colombia’s progress in military war crime probes
By Colombia Reports, 14 Aug 2017

 The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will visit Colombia in September to hear about progress made in war crime investigations against the country’s military chief and dozens of other top commanders. Mainly during the two terms of former President Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s military executed more than 4,200 civilians to present them as guerrillas killed in combat, according to Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office. The visit is the second time the ICC explicitly puts pressure on the investigation of top military commanders accused of being responsible for the extrajudicial execution of civilians.

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ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction
By Times Live, 14 Aug 2017

 War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to directing attacks on the UNESCO world heritage site during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. Judges ruled last September that Mahdi "supervised the destruction and gave instructions to the attackers" who used pickaxes and bulldozers to hack apart some of the city's most ancient landmarks.

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ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction
By Times Live, 14 Aug 2017

 War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to directing attacks on the UNESCO world heritage site during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. Judges ruled last September that Mahdi "supervised the destruction and gave instructions to the attackers" who used pickaxes and bulldozers to hack apart some of the city's most ancient landmarks.

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Enough evidence to convict Syria’s Assad of war crimes: prosecutor
By News, 13 Aug 2017

 A UN commission probing Syria rights abuses has gathered enough evidence to convict President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes, an outgoing member of the commission said in interviews published Sunday. Veteran former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is preparing to step down after five years serving in the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss media the evidence against Assad was sufficient to secure a war crimes conviction. “I am convinced of that,” she told Le Matin Dimanche and the Sonntagszeitung weeklies, adding though that with no international court or prosecutor tasked with trying the Syria war crimes cases, justice would remain elusive.

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Ugandan Civil Society Questions an ICC Prosecution Delegation on the Ongwen Trial
By International Justice Monitor , 12 Aug 2017

As the trial of Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC) went into summer recess, representatives of the Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) responded to questions put by civil society in northern Uganda. On August 1, 2017, a delegation from the OTP met with over 40 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Gulu, northern Uganda. The objective was to provide updates on developments since the commencement of the Ongwen trial on December 6, 2016 and respond to questions from the community. The meeting was public and this article reflects on the questions raised by the CSO representatives and how the OTP officials responded to them.
 

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