July 20, 2019

Chief of Staff Nicole Wilett at OSF

In the picture George Soros. Effective 20 August 2019, the Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) novel Chief of Staff shall be Nicole Wilett, in a newly created position. Wilett shall lead the foundations’ work on public policy and advocacy, and advise the president on new programmatic ideas and initiatives as per statement below.  According to the OSF’s press release, Wilett has extensive experience in international democracy and governance, human rights, development, and security issues. She joins the OSF from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked as deputy director for programme advocacy and communications, leading global strategies promoting gender equality and improved family…

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Online fraud exceeding €3 million halted in Ireland and Finland

The Hague, 18 July 2019 An organised crime group involved in extended online fraud and money laundering in several European countries was targeted by the Irish and Finish national authorities with Eurojust’s support. A coordinated investigative and prosecutorial strategy was agreed at Eurojust, which enabled the speedy execution of mutual legal assistance requests between the countries concerned to advance their investigations, as well as the collection and exchange of evidence to ensure solid prosecution. 3 suspects were convicted in Finland for aggravated money laundering and forgery, with sentences of between 1 year and 2 years and 3 months. Another 9…

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Allocution du Procureur, Serge Brammertz, devant le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU

La Haye, 17 juillet 2019 – Le Procureur du Mécanisme international appelé à exercer les fonctions résiduelles des Tribunaux pénaux (le « Mécanisme »), Serge Brammertz, a prononcé aujourd’hui une allocution devant le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU.  Il a commencé par faire un point sur les quelques procès en première instance et en appel conduits devant le Mécanisme, à savoir les appels dans les affaires Karadžić et Mladić, le nouveau procès dans l’affaire Stanišić et Simatović et la mise en état de l’affaire d’outrage Turinabo et consorts. Au sujet de l’arrêt rendu dans l’affaire Karadžić, par lequel la Chambre d’appel…

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Doubts about chemical attack Syria

In the picture H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to The Netherlands with the team Russian experts at a press conference of the Russian embassy in The Hague on July 12th. By Eric van de Beek. The alleged poison gas attack in the Syrian city of Douma in April 2018 may have been staged, an engineering sub-team of OPCW’s fact finding mission in Syria concludes in an unpublished, leaked report.  On April 14, 2018, the US, France, and Great Britain launched a missile attack on Syria, in retribution for an alleged poison gas attack on the terrorist…

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Eurojust helps Italy and Slovenia unravel massive VAT fraud

With the assistance of Eurojust, the Italian authorities seized almost EUR 84 million after unravelling a VAT fraud scheme involving the marketing of technological and computer products in the region of Campania. A total of 49 suspects are under investigation for tax crimes committed through so-called ‘carousel fraud’ by collecting the VAT for themselves rather than remitting it to the Italian tax authorities. A joint investigation team, supported by Eurojust, coordinated the investigation by working together with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Naples North and the Specialized State Prosecution Office of the Republic of Slovenia. Two coordination meetings were held…

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Malagasy President’s majority confirmed

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, Antananarivo, Republic of Madagascar: High Constitutional Court of Madagascar has confirmed election results for the National Assembly that guarantee an absolute majority of seats to the party of incumbent President Andry Rajoelina.  The Malagasy National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) had been order to recount ballots from the 15 June elections after several requests poured in for that effect.  IRD, the political contingent supporting President Rajoelina now amounts to 84 seats out of 151 possible. However, he will have to win additional votes to pass his constitutional reform, which aims in particular to abolish the Senate and requires…

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ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, requests judicial authorisation to commence an investigation a Bangladesh/Myanmar

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) requested the Court’s Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against the Rohingya people from Myanmar. More specifically, the request seeks authorisation from the Court’s Judges to open an investigation into alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court in which at least one element occurred on the territory of Bangladesh – a State Party to the Rome Statute – and within the context of two recent waves of violence in Rakhine State on…

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ICC Trial Chamber VI declares Bosco Ntaganda guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Bosco Ntaganda during the delivering of the judgment of ICC Trial Chamber VI at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI The Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Mr Bosco Ntaganda guilty, beyond reasonable doubt, of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in 2002-2003.  Trial Chamber VI, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki and Judge Chang-ho Chung, announced its judgment during a public hearing held in Courtroom I at the seat of the Court in…

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Joint operation Eurojust & Europol

The UK and Dutch national authorities, in a joint operation with Eurojust and Europol, arrested 6 people as part of an ongoing investigation into a €24 million cryptocurrency theft. The suspects were arrested following simultaneous search warrants that were carried out in Charlcombe, Bath, Trowbridge, UK, as well as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The thieves are suspected of targeting users’ bitcoin tokens, affecting at least 4 000 victims in 12 countries; these numbers are expected to grow further. With the active support of Eurojust and Europol, the authorities seized a large number of electronic devices, equipment and valuable assets. The…

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Charges hearing in ICC Al Hassan’s case

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, with her Prosecution team during opening statement at the Confirmation of Charges hearing of the case against Al Hassan. Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at opening of the confirmation of Charges hearing in the case against Al Hassan Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Juge, Madame la Juge, Tombouctou a vécu la longueur du temps et le temps de l’histoire. Pendant quasiment un an, d’avril 2012 à janvier 2013, Tombouctou a enduré l’occupation violente des groupes armés Ansar Dine et Al Qaeda au Maghreb Islamique.  Tombouctou, la perle du désert, la…

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