International Justice Monitor

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A Decision to Allow the Trial to Proceed

With the prosecution and defense opening statements, the trial of The Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo will officially begin on November 22, 2010. But for more than a year already, the prosecution and defense have been presenting arguments in court, and ICC judges have already made important decisions in the case.

Most recently, on October 19, 2010, the Appeals Chamber of the ICC issued a decision to uphold an earlier decision by the judges of Trial Chamber III on a defense application to suspend or throw out the whole case. The defense application and the Trial Chamber’s decision dealt with three major questions: complementarity, gravity, and the fairness of the proceedings. Some of these issues have been widely discussed and debated … Continue Reading

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