Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Belgium, Denmark, and Finland Agree to Detain Persons Convicted by the ICC

Three European countries signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the ICC sentences of imprisonment.  This brings to five the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC.

Representatives of Belgium, Denmark, and Finland signed the agreement during a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, where the ICC review conference is taking place.  Austria and the United Kingdom have previously entered into similar agreements with the court to enforce sentences.

The ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands and tries people accused of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Investigations are ongoing into five situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Darfur region of Sudan, and Kenya.

Four suspects are in the court’s custody and another eight suspects are at large.  Two trials are under way.

(adapted from a UN Press Release)



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