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Netherlands says Russian spy caught seeking war crimes court internship

Netherlands says Russian spy caught seeking war crimes court internship

ANTHONY DEUTSCH THE Dutch intelligence service said it had uncovered a Russian military agent attempting to use a false identity to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is investigating accusations of war crimes in Ukraine. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov created an elaborate cover story dating back years to try and enter the Netherlands as a Brazilian national for an internship at the Hague-based ICC in April, the agency's head told Reuters. "This was a long-term, multi-year GRU operation that cost a lot of time, energy and money," said Dutch intelligence agency chief Erik Akerboom, using the acronym for Russia's military…
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Janjaweed war crimes suspect denies charges

Janjaweed war crimes suspect denies charges

A man accused of leading Sudan's feared Janjaweed militia pleaded not guilty to dozens of war crimes charges on Tuesday, at the start of the International Criminal Court's first trial over the Darfur conflict. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman is charged with overseeing thousands of pro-government Janjaweed fighters during the peak of fighting from 2003 to 2004 and being responsible for atrocities including murder, rape, pillaging and torture. "I am innocent of all of these charges," the septuagenarian told judges after the charges were read out at the start of his case. Abd-Al-Rahman voluntarily surrendered to The Hague-based court in June…
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First ICC trial addressing Darfur war crimes to open

First ICC trial addressing Darfur war crimes to open

STEPHANIE VAN DEN BERG THE first trial addressing atrocities in Darfur opens at the International Criminal Court, nearly 20 years after the Sudanese region was racked by widespread violence that left hundreds of thousands dead. Suspected former Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman faces 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including persecution, murder, rape and torture. "(Tuesday) is a momentous day for victims and survivors in Darfur who never stopped fighting to see the day the cycle of impunity is broken," Sudanese human rights lawyer Mossaad Mohamed Ali of the African Centre for Justice and Peace…
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Central African Republic war crimes suspect surrenders

Central African Republic war crimes suspect surrenders

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said the former Central African Republic's militia leader Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka had been surrendered to the court by the authorities of Chad for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Mokom, a national coordinator of the so-called anti-balaka militias, is accused of crimes against the Muslim civilian population in the Central African Republic (CAR), including murder, torture, extermination and the use of child soldiers. CAR has been mired in violence since a coalition of mostly northern and predominantly Muslim rebels known as Seleka, or "alliance" in the Sango language, seized power in March 2013.…
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UN rights forum picks ex-ICC prosecutor to lead Ethiopia abuses investigation

UN rights forum picks ex-ICC prosecutor to lead Ethiopia abuses investigation

THE U.N. Human Rights Council has picked the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to lead a panel investigating violations of human rights in the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the council said. Ethiopian federal troops went to war with rebellious Tigrayan forces in November 2020. Since the war erupted, Reuters has reported atrocities by all sides, which the parties to the fighting have denied. The council voted in December to establish an independent investigative commission, to look into alleged violations by all sides and to identify perpetrators with a view to accountability. Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian national who…
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UN rights forum picks ex-ICC prosecutor to lead Ethiopia abuses investigation

UN rights forum picks ex-ICC prosecutor to lead Ethiopia abuses investigation

THE U.N. Human Rights Council has picked the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to lead a panel investigating violations of human rights in the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the council said. Ethiopian federal troops went to war with rebellious Tigrayan forces in November 2020. Since the war erupted, Reuters has reported atrocities by all sides, which the parties to the fighting have denied. The council voted in December to establish an independent investigative commission, to look into alleged violations by all sides and to identify perpetrators with a view to accountability. Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian national who…
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First trial for Darfur war crimes

First trial for Darfur war crimes

JUDGES at the International Criminal Court have ruled that a Sudanese suspect can be charged with 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and have ordered the first trial at the tribunal linked to bloodshed in Sudan's Darfur region. In a decision published yesterday, judges said Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman would face 31 counts including persecution, murder, rape and torture. Prosecutors accuse Abd-Al-Rahman, who they say also went by the name of Ali Kushayb, of being a senior commander of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters during the height of the Darfur conflict between 2003 and 2004. "The trial…
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Darfur’s 1st war crimes case

Darfur’s 1st war crimes case

STEPHEN VAN DEN BERG PROSECUTORS have accused a man of being a "feared and revered" militia leader behind a campaign of deadly raids in Sudan's Darfur conflict, in the build-up to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) first trial linked to the violence. The war crimes prosecutors said Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman was also known as Ali Kushayb, a senior commander of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters during the height of the conflict between 2003 and 2004. Abd-Al-Rahman, wearing a face mask and a dark suit, did not speak as a court officer read out 31 charges against him including persecution,…
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Ex-child soldier jailed for 25 years for war crimes

Ex-child soldier jailed for 25 years for war crimes

ANTHONY DEUTSCH and ELIAS BIRYABAREMA THE International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced a former Ugandan child soldier who became a commander of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to 25 years in prison for crimes including rape, sexual enslavement, child abduction, torture and murder. Dominic Ongwen, who was taken into ICC custody in 2015, was convicted in February of 61 out of 70 alleged crimes. In many, the victims were women and children. Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said the panel had considered sentencing Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court's harshest punishment, but decided against it due to his own suffering.…
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Bashir ally would prefer ICC to Sudan court for Darfur trial

Bashir ally would prefer ICC to Sudan court for Darfur trial

ONE of the key people accused of war crimes and genocide in Darfur in the early 2000s said yesterday he would prefer to be tried in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rather than what he said were biased Sudanese courts. Ousted President Omar al-Bashir has for years resisted the ICC warrants against him and four close allies over the conflict in Sudan's western region that killed an estimated 300,000 people and drove 2.5 million from their homes. They face charges at The Hague of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed by pro-government forces in…
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