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24 September 2018: A 94-year-old man is to face trial in a juvenile court in Germany. He is accused of being an accessory to war crimes: hundreds of murders in a Nazi concentration camp during the World War II. Because the man was younger than 21 years old when the alleged offences took place, he will not be tried in an adult court.
21 September 2018: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, the purpose of which is bringing to justice individuals responsible for severe crimes committed during the conflict in Syria, has planned to open two cases concerning alleged war crimes by the end of 2018.
20 September 2018: The ICC has opened a preliminary examination of the alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Rohingya crisis. It can be a first step in a widespread investigation of the Burmese military crackdown, which resulted in death of 700,000 people and displacement of thousands individuals.
19 September 2018: The ICC fined Jean-Pierre Bemba 300,000 euros and sentenced him to 12 months for witness tampering during his war crimes trial. Due to the time served already, the jail term will not be enforced. Judge Bertram Schmitt stated the sentencing should be understood as a "cautionary example".
18 September 2018: After the signing of the peace deal in South Sudan, the United Nations Human Rights Commission on South Sudan is calling on the government to set up a hybrid court to address potential war crimes and crimes against humanity.
17 September 2018: The European Union in a Draft Resolution urges Myanmar to provide effective justice mechanisms for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Rohingya crisis and to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC. The Draft Resolution follows the outcome of an independent fact-finding mission which has found evidence for a 'genocidal intent' of Myanmar officials.
14 September 2018: A UN inquiry commission concluded that Syrian government forces and/or affiliated militias committed the war crime of using chemical weapons and launching indiscriminate attacks three times during January and February. Up to now, 33 usages of chemical weapons have been attributed to the Syrian government.
13 September 2018: Palestinians have filed a new complaint with the ICC against Israel because of the planned demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank. Due to the complainants, the demolition might amount to war crimes.
12 September 2018: The ICC declared that it will continue its work 'undeterred' by the threats of the Trump administration to impose sanctions on ICC judges if investigations into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence services in Afghanistan proceeded.
11 September 2018: Despite an agreement signed with the government of Mali three years ago, armed groups are undermining peace in that country. There is a number of groups linked to human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism operating in Mali. The UN has named individuals and groups threatening the implementation of the agreement despite signing it, what constitutes an unusual move from the side of that organisation.
10 September 2018: Trump administration has threatened to impose sanctions on the ICC judges and prosecutors if they proceed with an investigation concerning alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. The sanctions would include banning from entry to the United States, sanctioning funds as well as prosecution before the American courts.
New cases, briefs and videos
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NEW VIDEOS: New videos available online. On 22 March 2018, David Schwendiman, former Specialist Prosecutor at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, provided a lecture on his time at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and the challenges ahead. On 31 January 2018, Jonas Nilsson, team leader of the Mladić case in Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, gave a lecture on ‘The Mladić Trial - An Insider's View’. Both lectures were given in the context of the Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lectures Series hosted by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. The video recordings for both lectures can be viewed here. The report on the Mladić Trial lecture can be found here.
INTERNSHIP VACANCY: We are currently hiring for the International Criminal Law and Legal Aspects of Counter-Terrorismintern Internship position (French required). The intern will work on the International Crimes Database and capacity building projects on International Criminal law and Transnational Criminal Law. The internship will be based at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague (Deadline: 3 April 2018).
NEW CASE: The analysis of the plea agreement in the case of United States of America v. Mufid A. Elfgeeh is now available online. Mr. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in December 2015 to providing material support to a foreign terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As part of the guilty plea, Mr. Elfgeeh acknowledged he had encouraged support for ISIL via social media, he had been involved in trying to recruit foreign fighters, and he had provided financial assistance.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of United States of America v. Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi is now available online. Both Mr. Elhuzayel and Mr. Badawi were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). The defendants had used social media accounts to support IS, and Mr. Badawi had filmed Mr. Elhuzayel pledging allegiance to IS and promising to travel to Syria to fight. Mr. Elhuzayel was arrested prior to boarding a flight to Israel via Turkey. They were also found guilty of financial fraud charges, the proceeds of which had been used to fund the travel.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of United States of America v. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is now available online. Tairod Pugh is an US citizen and a US Air Force veteran who was convicted for providing material support to a terrorist organisation by attempting to travel to Syria in order to join ISIL, and obstruction of justice. Pugh attempted to reach Syria through Turkey and on 10 January 2015, the defendant took a plane from Cairo and landed in Istanbul airport where he was denied entry. On 15 January, he was deported from Egypt to the US and was arrested the following day in New Jersey.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of Prosecutor v. Abdelkarim El. B. is now available online. On 8 November 2016, German foreign fighter Abdelkarim El B. was convicted of membership in a terrorist organisation abroad, illegally possessing a Kalashnikov, and committing a war crime by treating a protected person in a gravely humiliating or degrading manner. He had travelled to Syria in September 2013 in order to fight for ISIL. On 7 November 2013, El. B. and his fellow ISIL fighters found the corpse of a Syrian army soldier. While the defendant was filming and verbally encouraging them, the other fighters cut the nose and ears of the dead body, stepped on it and then shot it in the face.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of Prosecutor v. Mouhannad Droubi is now available online. On 26 February 2015, Droubi, a Syrian citizen, was sentenced by the Södertörn District Court in Sweden to five years in prison for crimes against international law (war crime) and gross assault. Droubi, who fought for the Free Syrian Army against the pro-government forces, had taken refuge in Sweden and was granted residency in 2013. In July 2014, the Swedish police discovered a video of him, along with at least five other FSA fighters, violently assaulting a man who appeared to be a pro-regime fighter with a truncheon and a whip.