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Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Former Congolese vice president Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba [IJM profile] pleaded not guilty [ICC case materials] on Tuesday to charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba is accused of paying witnesses and coaching them to give false testimony in his war crimes trial before the International Criminal … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday ordered [press release] former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four members [ICC case materials] of his legal team to stand trial on charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba and his team pleaded not guilty … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Judge Cuno Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday reviewed the detention status of four suspects motu proprio and ordered [ICC order, PDF] their interim release in a case pending before the ICC related to the detention of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday set the closing arguments [order, PDF] for the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba [BBC profile] for the week of November 10. The closing statements were delayed so that the Chamber may hear the testimony of Witness P-169, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Four persons have been arrested [press release] on charges of falsifying evidence in connection with the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive], the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced Sunday. On November 20, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser [official profile] issued an arrest warrant for Bemba's … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Dicker and Elizabeth Evenson of the Human Rights Watch argue that the efficacy of the International Criminal Court depends upon international efforts to apprehend criminals...The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in business for a decade and faces plenty of hurdles in delivering justice for the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Megan A. Fairlie of the Florida International University College of Law says the International Criminal Court (ICC) will ultimately delay pursuing an investigation into the effect of Palestine's non-Member Observer State status on the Court's jurisdiction... Almost immediately after the UN General Assembly voted to give Palestine … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder], Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday opened their case in the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Bemba is on trial for war crimes charges stemming from his activities as … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Military forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) committed human rights violations during last year's presidential elections, according to a report [text, PDF] published Tuesday by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), consisting of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The trial of former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder], Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive], began Monday in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Bemba is on trial [Reuters report] for charges stemming from his activities as the military leader for … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Appellate judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Friday that the trial chamber must review the continued detention of former Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC backgrounder] vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archives]. This decision overturns the trial chamber's July ruling … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Tuesday that the war crimes trial of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] can proceed. Appeals chamber Judge Anita Usacka affirmed the ruling of the trial … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive] argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday that Bemba lacks the financial resources to ensure a fair trial over war crimes he allegedly committed in 2002 and 2003. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday denied the stay of proceedings request [press release] of accused Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials]. Katanga filed the appeal in June seeking a stay of proceedings and a declaration of unlawful detention by the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A team of Belgian lawyers on Monday filed a complaint in a Brussels court against 12 Belgian officials accused of planning the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba [advocacy profile], the first democratically-elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The complaint was filed only one week before … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials, JURIST news archive] argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Tuesday that charges against their client should be dropped. His lawyers argued that he has been denied due process [Reuters report] and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials, JURIST news archive] argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Tuesday that charges against their client should be dropped. His lawyers argued that he has been denied due process [Reuters report] and … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed the trial [press release] of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials, JURIST news archive], originally set to begin April 27 [JURIST report], until July 5. The trial was delayed to allow the court more … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2009
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday ordered [text, PDF; press release] former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials, JURIST news archive] to remain in custody until his trial next spring. The ruling reverses a decision [JURIST report] issued in August ordering Bemba's … [read more]

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