International Justice and Security

On 19 April 2016, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court")
Today, (24 March 2016), Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court confirmed against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi the war crime charge regarding the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu (Mali), and committed Mr Al Mahdi to trial before a Trial Chamber.
The Mechanism arrested today (24th March 2016) at its premises in The Hague Ms Florence Hartmann, executing an outstanding arrest warrant issued in November 2011 by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Trial Chamber III of the ICTY today convicted Radovan Karadžić, former President of Republika Srpska and Supreme Commander of its armed forces, of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war committed by Serb forces during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina , from 1992 until 1995. He was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment.
Today, 23 March 2016, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued a decision confirming 70 charges brought by the Prosecutor against Dominic Ongwen and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber.
Today, 21 March 2016, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court declared, unanimously, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging). The crimes were committed in Central African Republic from on or about 26 October 2002 to 15 March 2003 by a contingent of Mouvement de Libération du Congo troops. Mr Bemba was a person effectively acting as a military commander with effective authority and control over the forces that committed the crimes.
On 1 March 2016, Professor Tim McCormack was appointed as a member of the advisory board of The Hague Justice Portal and the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation The Hague, joining Professor Mary Aiken who was appointed on 1 October 2015.
Leidschendam, 8 March 2016 – Today, the Appeals Panel issued its Judgment (with two Separate Opinions and one Partially Dissenting Opinion) in the contempt case against Al Jadeed [Co.] S.A.L. / New T.V. S.A.L. (N.T.V.) and Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat (STL-14-05).
The Movies that Matter Festival 2016 takes place from 18-26 March in The Hague, presenting over 70 motion pictures and documentaries
President of Eurojust, announced a 30 per cent increase in the number of cybercrime cases referred to it, to illustrate that cybercrime is a rapidly growing crime area