Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ICC in the Media, Update #63

The ICC has been the focus of significant media attention since our last update. Last week the ICC judges rejected a request by Libyan authorities to postpone handing over arrestee Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. On Tuesday Libya appealed the decision, insisting that it can and will provide a fair trial for former President Gaddafi's son, and saying that doing so is essential to proving the functioning of the new Libyan judicial system. A Libyan official reportedly said earlier this week that they intend to try Seif quickly, and plan to have a verdict out by mid-June of this year. Seif's Libyan lawyers have complained to the ICC and media that his current conditions fall significantly below international standards. In other news, last week the ICC's Office of the Prosecutor rejected Palestine's request to investigate war crimes allegedly committed by Israel. In a statement released the ICC prosecutor noted that Palestine remains an observer as opposed to member state by relevant bodies in the UN, and since the ICC lacks a mechanism for determining what qualifies as a state they will defer to the UN's determination. Since the ICC accepts UN determinations of statehood, the Office of the Prosecutor concluded that they lacked jurisdiction in the case. In his statement, Ocampo did not address any views regarding the substance of Palestine's complaint against Israel.


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