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ICC rejects compensation for DRC war crimes victims

ICC rejects compensation for DRC war crimes victims

INTERNATIONAL Criminal Court (ICC) appeals judges rejected a decision to award a record $30 million in compensation for child soldiers and other victims of convicted Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda, sending the case back to a lower court for a new ruling on the amount of the reparation. The appeals judges said the order was missing a fundamental detail, "namely the number of victims whose harm it was intended to repair," and added it was "not discernible" how the lower court had arrived at the sum of $30 million. Ntaganda was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2019 for…
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Proteas’ Lee reclaims top spot in rankings

Proteas’ Lee reclaims top spot in rankings

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH African national cricketer Lizelle Lee has ascended to the summit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s rankings, following a string of commanding performances.   The SA opener is the only woman from the (commonly known as) Proteas team to reach the number one spot in the One-Day International (ODI) rankings. Lee previously attained the top spot in 2018. https://twitter.com/ICC/status/1371738223815262212 On tour in India, the Proteas Women’s team has been in great form winning the series 4-1 in dominant fashion.  Unsurprisingly, Lee was named Player Of The ODI Series scoring 288 runs over four matches. That total…
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Child victim, soldier, war criminal: unpacking Dominic Ongwen’s journey

Child victim, soldier, war criminal: unpacking Dominic Ongwen’s journey

DOMINIC Ongwen, a former Ugandan child soldier, has been convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Three judges found him guilty of 61 of 70 charges. These ranged from the war crime of the forced conscription of child soldiers to the crime against humanity of forced pregnancy. KJELL ANDERSON, Assistant professor and Director of the Master of Human Rights program, University of Manitoba The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, read aloud the names of dozens of his victims in a stark reminder of the human consequences of Ongwen’s acts. Ongwen was impassive as the verdict was read out, only…
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U.S. blacklists Gambian-born ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

U.S. blacklists Gambian-born ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

DAPHNE PSALEDAKIS and MICHELLE NICHOLS THE United States has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, over her investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC's Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans. "Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly," Pompeo told reporters. Pompeo also said that individuals and entities that continue to materially…
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Sudan ready to cooperate with ICC over Darfur

Sudan ready to cooperate with ICC over Darfur

SUDAN’S prime minister has announced that the country is ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) so those accused of war crimes in Darfur appear before the tribunal, a list that includes ousted President Omar al-Bashir. Bashir, who has been in jail in Khartoum since he was toppled after mass protests last year, is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur in a conflict that killed an estimated 300,000 people. The government reached a deal with rebel groups in February that all five Sudanese ICC suspects should appear before the…
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Ex-soccer executive on trial at ICC for C.A.R

Ex-soccer executive on trial at ICC for C.A.R

STEPHANIE VAN DER BERG TWO men accused of leading Christian-dominated militias in widespread attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) go on trial today at the International Criminal Court. Prosecutors say that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a former top African football executive, was a senior leader and national coordinator of the so-called anti-Balaka militias in 2013 and 2014. Ngaissona, 53, has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and torture. Co-accused Alfred Yekatom, 46, a former militia commander also known as "Rambo", faces similar charges to Ngaissona with additional counts for his alleged use…
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Lawyer surrenders, accused of bribing witnesses in ICC case against Kenya VP

Lawyer surrenders, accused of bribing witnesses in ICC case against Kenya VP

A lawyer turned himself in to Dutch authorities to face accusations at the International Criminal Court of bribing witnesses in a trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto which collapsed four years ago. Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru was wanted on an ICC arrest warrant dating from 2015 that accused him of trying to bribe six prosecution witnesses to recant testimony in the case. Ruto and his co-accused, broadcaster Joshua Sang, were both charged with fomenting ethnic violence after a disputed 2007 election when 1,200 people died. Judges ruled in 2016 that they had no case to answer, although they left…
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ICC delegation to visit Sudan to discuss case against Bashir

ICC delegation to visit Sudan to discuss case against Bashir

AN International Criminal Court delegation is to visit Sudan to discuss the cases of ousted president Omar al-Bashir and other former officials, the government has announced. The delegation, led by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, will discuss "cooperation" with Sudan over the wanted men, the government said in a statement. The court said Bensouda and a delegation would be in Khartoum for a few days, for the court's first visit since Bashir was ousted. Bashir, who has been in jail in Khartoum since he was toppled after mass protests last year, has been indicted by the ICC for war crimes, genocide and…
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