23 August 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Libya: NPWJ welcomes ICC warrant for LNA Special Forces Commander Al-Werfalli
By NPWJ , 15 Aug 2017

Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, Commander of Al-Saqia Bridage, a unit of the Libyan National Army (LNA), who is allegedly responsible for war crimes committed in the context of the current armed conflict in Libya. The LNA — commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar — controls the eastern part of the country and has been fighting against militias aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord and other groups for control of central and southern Libya.

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ICC Delivers Reparations Order for Destruction of Buildings in Timbuktu
By The International Criminal Law Bureau, 23 Aug 2017

On 17th August 2017, the International Criminal Court issued a Reparations Order to Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi (pictured), a Malian Islamist, who attacked religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu during 2012. The case is viewed as significant as it is the first ICC case addressing the destruction of monuments as a war crime.Trial Chamber VIII concluded that Mr. Al Mahdi is liable for 2.7 million euros in expenses for individual and collective reparations to the Timbuktu community.A statement released by the ICC stated that “The Chamber highlighted the importance of cultural heritage and stressed that, because of their purpose and symbolism, most cultural property and cultural heritage are unique and of sentimental value.” It went on to say that, “their destruction thus carries a message of terror and helplessness.”

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Africa Urged on Willpower to Start Own Criminal Court
By All Africa, 23 Aug 2017

 Africa is capable of making its own continental tribunal to replace the much-maligned International Criminal Court (ICC) if respective nations gather the willpower to completely adhere to it without fear or favour, three African chief justices have said. The chief justices from Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone echoed these sentiments, yesterday, during an interview with local media in Kigali.       The justices are in Kigali for a three-day continental conference on collaboration for access to justice. "Africa has the capacity to have its own criminal court but what will have to be seriously confronted is this: do we have the willpower to pursue everybody who is believed rightly or wrongly to have committed acts that warrant being referred to the African criminal court?" said Mogoeng Mogoeng, the chief justice of South Africa, responding to a question on whether Africa can establish a continental criminal court.

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58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti-drug bloodshed
By The Times of India , 17 Aug 2017

MANILA, Philippines: Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president. President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the new spike in drug killings and reassured law enforcers on Thursday they will not rot in jail if they get entangled in lawsuits. 

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