Thursday, October 20, 2011

ICC in the Media, Update #48

Recently reports surfaced from Libya's transitional government that Gaddafi, who is wanted by the ICC, has been killed in a rebel attack. The truth of these reports has yet to be confirmed, and the ICC has not yet released a statement on the matter. In other ICC news, the Prosecutor reportedly is planning to investigate up to six individuals in the Ivory Coast war crimes probe, which was recently authorized by ICC judges. Ocampo has expressed his intention to investigate the most responsible on both sides of the deadly post-election conflict that killed approximately 3,000 individuals.
In the Sudan case, President Bashir who is wanted by the ICC on counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes reportedly visited Malawi last weekend for a summit. Although Malawi is a member state to the ICC it failed to perform its obligation to arrest Bashir. The ICC has written to Malawi asking it to submit its "observations" on the visit before a November 11 deadline. Malawi has defended its action saying that it was not its business to perform the arrest. Last week Cape Verde ratified the Rome Statute, to become effective on January 1, 2012. The United Nations has confirmed that Cape Verde is the 119th nation to become a member state of the International Criminal Court. Finally, last week the Office of the Prosecutor released a statement saying that it is closely monitoring the Liberia presidential elections. Photo credit: NY Times.

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