This week former police chief Hussien Ali has begun his defense. The strategy taken by his counsel appears to primarily consist of discrediting the prosecution's witnesses. More details regarding his defense are discussed below.
In the ongoing Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo trial, reportedly thousands more victims have applied to the ICC to take part in the trial beyond the 1,600 who are already participating. The ICC is currently processing the applications. Reportedly Sierra Leone has asked the ICC to remain "on notice" regarding any violence that occurs during next year's presidential election. Sierra Leone has not officially applied to the ICC, but have asked the Court to monitor the events as they unfold. Photo credit: Christian Science Monitor.