Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, May 17, 2012
- The trial against Ratko Mladic at the ICTY continued today, with testimony today covering the systematic execution of 8,000 Muslim men and boys. However, due to prosecutorial error, Judge Orie has suspended the presentation of evidence indefinitely, originally to begin May 29. Foreign Policy takes us back to the early days of the tribunal with this graphic representation.
- In Libya, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is refusing to appoint a defense lawyer for domestic charges against him in that country.
- ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said yesterday that he would not oppose a delay for the start of the trial against the four Kenyan suspects accused of fueling post-election violence in 2007.
- Al Jazeera has more on the beginning of the trial we mentioned yesterday before the ECHR, El Masri v. Macedonia, involving the CIA and extraordinary rendition.
- Yesterday was the sentencing hearing before the SCSL for Charles Taylor, convicted of 11 counts of war crimes and facing an 80-year sentence, though he asked for leniency from the judges. While Taylor expressed “sympathy for the victims,” he accused the prosecution of paying witnesses to testify and the West of manipulating the Court.
- A Japanese judge has resigned from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
- The WTO Appellate Body has ruled the US dolphin-safe labeling requirements discriminate against Mexican Tuna. Preliminary analysis by the Institute for Trade and Sustainable Development can be found here. The International Economic Law and Policy Blog provides two initial thoughts here and here.
- Repsol has sued Argentina in a New York Court for the privatization of YPF.
- Reuters provides an insight into the effects of a Greek exit from the Eurozone: it could potentially cost hundreds of billions of euros. British Prime Minister David Cameron will do all he can to shield the UK from any fallout were the euro to break up.
- A leaked UN report shows that despite the ban, Iran is allegedly still supplying Syria with arms.
- Ahead of continued talks between Iran and the IAEA, the US ambassador to Israel has said that US plans to strike Iran are ready and the option is “fully available.”
- North Korea has captured Chinese fishing boats with 29 men on board and before it will release the boats or men, it has demanded payment of approximately $190,000 US.