22 February 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Ministry of Justice International Arrest Warrant for Main Defendant in Human Trafficking Saga
FrontPageAfrica, 22 Feb 2023

The Ministry of Justice, through its Minister for Litigation, Cllr. Wesseh Alphonsus Wesseh, has requested Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie to issue an international arrest warrant against Samuel Chan-Chan, the main defendant in the alleged Trafficking in Persons case, who is currently residing in the United Arab Emirates. According to court documents from the Ministry of Justice, defendants Arthur Chan-Chan, Samuel Chan-Chan, and others who are yet to be identified, organized a criminal scheme, under the false pretense of providing employment opportunities and greener pastures for the victims to travel to the Middle Eastern State of Oman.


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Trial of ex-KLA member Pjetër Shala starts in the Hague
JusticeInfo.net, 21 Feb 2023

Before his trial starts today, February 21 in The Hague, the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander has been suspected of war crimes by two other international legal bodies, who did not consider it a priority to try him. Pjetër Shala has been charged before the European Union-backed special tribunal for Kosovo with murder, torture and arbitrary detention allegedly committed in 1999, when he was running a prison facility, in the Kukёs Metal Factory, in northern Albania.


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Portuguese / Spanish / English Israel: secret communication channel between Abbas and Netanyahu reported
MEMO, 21 Feb 2023

A secret communication channel that has been operating for more than a month between the offices of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been reported by Israel's Walla news website. This is the first time that direct contact has been revealed between the two leaders since the formation of the latest occupation coalition government. According to Walla, the US administration of President Joe Biden is aware of the secret channel, but it is not clear whether all leaders of the parties in the coalition are aware of its existence, or of what the two sides have discussed.

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5 jailed unto death for crimes against humanity during Liberation War
The Business Standard, 20 Feb 2023

The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh today sentenced Khandkar Golam Sabbir Ahmed, along with 4 others to jail unto death for committing crimes against humanity including murder and genocide during the Liberation War in 1971. On 19 May, 2015, Rahima Khatun, the wife of martyred freedom fighter Abdur Rahman of Mymensingh's Trishal filed a case against eight people accusing them of arson, looting, abduction, detention, torture and murder during the Liberation War in 1971.


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A ‘Simulation’ of Justice: How Venezuela Tries to Fool the ICC
Caracas Chronicles, 20 Feb 2023

The victim’s legal team maintains that, according to interviews from the Public Ministry with fellow GNB officials, the man who fatally shot a teargas canister against Juan Pablo’s chest is no longer under prosecution. The judge dismissed the accusation of murder, wrongful use of firearms and violation of international norms filed by the Pernalete family.


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Chagos Islands: UK should pay reparations, says Human Rights Watch
BBC, 16 Feb 2023

The UK is committing crimes against humanity after removing people from the Chagos Islands, a British territory in the Indian Ocean, a rights group said. Human Rights Watch called for Britain to pay reparations to Chagossians and allow them to return to the islands, from which more than 1,000 people were forced to leave in the 1960s and 1970s. The group accused the UK of "committing an appalling colonial crime".


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