Swiss lead bid to turn Syrian abuses over to ICC

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s call 14 January to the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague has received strong backing from 56 other countries that signed the letter saying that those who have committed alleged war crimes abuses must be held accountable. Human Rights Watch, in commending the […]

Serbian ex-boss denies war crime charges

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It has taken four years for the man arrested on a bus in Belgrade in 2008 to stand up in court in The Hague and defend himself against charges of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, but Radovan Karadzic is giving testimony Tuesday 16 October. He faces 10 counts of war crimes, all […]

ICC sentences Lubanga to 14 years for enlisting child soldiers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was sentenced by the International Criminal Court in The Hague Tuesday 10 July to 14 years in prison for his role in enlisting child soldiers. Lubanga is the first person sentenced by the court. It notes in its statement about the sentencing that “he was found guilty, on 14 […]

Charles Taylor gets 50 years in prison

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for what the Special Court for Sierre Leone meeting in The Hague labelled some of the worst crimes in history in its ruling 30 May. Taylor, the 64-year-old former president of Liberia, was found guilty in April on 11 counts stemming from […]

Charles Taylor convicted of 11 war crimes

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Former president of Liberia first head of state indicted, tried and convicted in an int’l court GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, was convicted in The Hague Thursday 26 April on 11 counts of war crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The court’s statement noted that the 11-count indictment alleged […]

ICC finds Congo war lord guilty

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The ICC (International Criminal Court) in The Hague has found Thomas Lubanga guilty of turning children into soldiers in the eastern Congo from 2002 to 2003. It is the first verdict the court has issued in its 10 years. Lubanga, who turned himself in, in 2006, will be sentenced later. The maximum  […]

Qaddafi sons contest arrest efforts, one via lawyer, the other on the lam

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Saadi Qadaffi, who fled to Niger, is contesting Interpol’s arrest warrant for him, after earlier dismissing charges of misappropriating funds. His lawyer said Tuesday 2 November that he is challenging the basis of the Interpol warrant, saying it is politically motivated by a new leadership that lacks legitimacy. The news comes three […]

Int’l Criminal Court asks Interpol to issue Red Notice for Qaddafi trio

THE HAGUE – The International Criminal Court in The Hague has asked Interpol to issue Red Notices for three Libyan leaders for whom arrest warrants were issued in June: Muammar Qaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi. The three are wanted on charges of suspected crimes against humanity, murder and torture. The ICC’s prosecutor, Luis […]

Ex-Serb leader Mladic arrested, “great day” says Del Ponte

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Radko Mladic’s arrest in Serbia Thursday 26 May after 16 years on the run from accusations of war crimes has prompted congratulations from world leaders from around the world. Among them: Carla del Ponte, the Swiss prosecutor who presided over the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 2003 to […]

Kosovo told independence not illegal; central banker arrested

Kosovo was in the eye of the world Thursday 22 July in a way it has not been for some time, after the International Court of Justice said its unilateral declaration of independence in 2008 was not illegal, news followed soon after by an announcement that the governor of its central bank had been arrested […]