A former Bosnian Serb leader convicted of war crimes has been sent to the United Kingdom to serve out the remaining years of his sentence. Momcilo Krajišnik is one of the highest-ranking officials convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Krajišnik held important positions in the run up to and during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which raged from 1992-95. He sat on the nationalist Serbian Democratic Party’s Main Board, was in the National Security Council and was the head of the Bosnian Serb Assembly. He used these positions to try and purge non-Serbs from occupied territories.
He received a 27-year sentence in 2006 but this was reduced after an appeals court quoshed convictions for murder, extermination and persecution. He remains convicted of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and persecution charges totaling eleven offenses.
The African Union (AU) has decided it will not act on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly perpetrating war crimes in Darfur.
Jean Ping, the AU’s current chairperson, said of the decision by the 53 member states “They are showing to the world community that if you don’t want to listen to the continent, if you don’t want to take into account our proposals… if you don’t want to listen to the continent, as usual, we also are going to act unilaterally.”
Thirty African states have ratified the ICC treaty. Libya in particular had pressed for the decision, with leader Moamer Kadhafi, who hosted the summit, going so far as to invite controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to address the summit; the Iranians agreed but later canceled the visit. Read More…
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands has ordered the arrest of the president of the African country of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
The warrant was issued by the ICC for seven charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes, in the Darfur region of the country.
In the ruling, the ICC said that al-Bashir was “intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians and pillaging their property”. Read More…
The International Criminal Court‘s (ICC) Procecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampohas accused Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of major crimes committed in the Darfur region. Mr. Bashir is said to have personally directed a mlitary campaign “to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa” tribes. He has asked the ICC for a warrant to arrest al-Bashir for 10 offences including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Some have critised the move, saying that it will spark further violence and unrest in the country
Al-Bashir came to rule power in 1989. There has been a racial conflict in the country since 2003. The Arab militia, named the Janjaweed, are a government funded group alledged to have been driving the conflict in the region. Since 2003, as many as 300,000 people have been killed and 2 million people displaced from their homes.
Al-Bashir has rejected the charges, claiming the ICC has no authority to arrest him as Sudan is not a member of the court. The United Nations will evacuate all non-essential peacekeepers in the region however they maintain that they will continue their operation despite the deteriorating security situation.
One of the Democratic Republic of Congo‘s (DRC) vice presidents and former militia leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been arrested in Belgium on charges of war crimes. This comes as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers discovered three mass graves in the nation containing an estimated total of 100 bodies.
Reports say that the warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) was included at least two counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes which he allegedly committed in the “Central African Republic from 25 October 2002 to 15 March 2003.” Read More…