Friday, May 06, 2011
ICC in the Media, Update #28
This past week there have been several significant events in the international arena. On Wednesday ICC Prosecutor Ocampo announced that he will be pursuing arrest warrants against the 3 Libyans that bear the "greatest criminal responsibility" for crimes perpetrated by Gadhafi's forces. The charges are said to include crimes against humanity, with "relevant information" on war crimes as well. Ocampo has said that he will release the names of the accused when he presents his case to the ICC judges. Investigations into possible atrocity crimes on the rebel side of the conflict reportedly remain ongoing. UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon made a statement on Wednesday saying that the UN supports the recent efforts of the ICC to bring those responsible for the tragedy in Libya to justice. The situation in Kenya's pre-trial proceedings continue at the Hague with the Pre-Trial Chamber's rejection of Ocampo's appeal application over evidence disclosure. The court ruled that the prosecution must disclose to the defense its evidence against the suspects. Named defendants Ruto and Sang requested on Tuesday that Ocampo include in the evidence names of all the "foot soldiers" in the crimes they allegedly committed. Ocampo has not yet publicly responded to the request. Photo credit: Daily Nation.