Former ICC prosecutor leaked information to possible war crimes suspect

The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been accused of leaking sensitive information to a possible Libyan war crimes suspect, who was paying him for consultancy work. Luis Moreno Ocampo had a $3 million contract with influential Libyan billionaire Hassan Tatanaki, who had close links to the former Muammar Gadaffi regime. A cache of 40,000 documents obtained by the French investigative website Mediapart and seen by the Sunday Times revealed that Mr Tatanaki was a person of interest to war crimes investigators at the ICC, where Mr Ocampo was the chief...

Catalan ministers will be outlawed after declaring independence warns Spain

Catalan ministers will be outlawed if they defy courts and declare independence warned Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ildefonso Castro. Speaking in an interview with Sky News , Mr Castro said, “You can disagree with the law, but you cannot disobey the law. If you disobey the law, you become an outlaw.” Commenting on Spain’s response to the Catalonia independence referendum last week, that saw hundreds of voters injured by police brutality, he said, “I think the action taken by police last Sunday in Barcelona was absolutely proportionate. Having people injured – not in the...

UN experts warn of crimes against humanity in Myanmar

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) warned that crimes against humanity may be underway in Myanmar, as the military continues its offensive against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. A joint statement issued by the experts stated they were “particularly worried about the fate of Rohingya women and children subject to serious violations of their human rights, including killings, rape and forced displacement.” “Such violations may amount to crimes against humanity and we are deeply...

Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament meeting

Spain’s top court has ordered a halt to a planned meeting of the Catalan parliament next week, where a declaration of independence was being planned by the region’s lawmakers. The Spanish Constitutional Court also warned Catalonia’s speaker of parliament that she and other political leaders could face prosecution if they went ahead with the parliamentary session. Speaker Carme Forcadell told reporters that the suspension was a “violation of freedom of speech” and that she “won’t allow censorship to enter Parliament”. Her response came as Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy also warned of “greater...

Catalonia leader unafraid of arrest upon declaring independence

The leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont said he was not afraid of being arrested for his involvement in leading the independence referendum, reports Reuters. When asked about his possible arrest in a press conference on Thursday, Mr Puigdemont said, “Personally I am not afraid of that.” The Catalonia leader said his government will ask regional parliament to declare independence on Monday.

Turkey, Iran and Iraq to work together on sanctions plan against Kurdistan

Turkey, Iran and Iraq will work together to formulate a sanctions strategy that will halt Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil exports reports the Financial Times. Speaking after a one day trip to Iran, Turkeys president Tayyip Erdogan said that the three nations would act jointly to place sanctions on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Mr Erdogan added that Turkey would soon close its borders Iraqi Kurdistan, stating, “If a decision will be made on closing oil taps in the region, that will be made by us. Turkey, Iran and Iraq’s central government will do so together. The northern Iraqi leadership is...

17 shot dead by soldiers in English speaking regions of Cameroon

Seventeen people were shot dead in English speaking parts of Cameroon after soldiers opened fire at demonstrators calling for independence. Rallies were held in October 1 to celebrate the anniversary of the re-unification of Francophone and Anglophone regions into Cameroon in 1961. In an attempt to quash planned independence demonstrations from Anglophone communities, the government deployed troops to the South-West and North-West regions. Internet and social media access has been blocked since Tuesday. The capital city of the Anglophone region, Bamenda has been described as in a state of "...

Catalonia could declare independence next week, indicates leader

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont indicated that the region could declare independence next week, as he criticised a speech by Spain’s King Felipe VI. Mr Puigdemont told the BBC on Tuesday that his government would declare independence "at the end of this week or the beginning of next" after a referendum marred by police brutality led to 90% of voters backing a separate Catalan state. The Catalan leader also criticised a speech by the Spanish king who stated the referendum was illegal and undemocratic. He stated the king had for "deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans" and “endorses...

Over 300,000 demonstrate on streets of Barcelona in protest of Spain's violent crack down on voters

Hundreds of thousands marched through the streets of Catalonia on Tuesday, in protest of Spain’s violent crack-down during the Catalan independence referendum. At least 300,000 took to the streets of Barcelona, in protest of the Spanish police actions which saw voters dragged by their hair and shot at by rubber bullets. Responding to the protests, Spain’s Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido said, “We see how day after day the government of Catalonia is pushing the population to the abyss and inciting rebellion in the streets.” The Minister further warned that het Spanish government “would...

Iraq announces financial sanctions as Kurdistan sets parliamentary election date to consolidate power

Iraq’s central bank told the Kurdish Region Government that it would no longer sell dollars to four of Kurdistan’s leading banks and stop all foreign currency transfers on Tuesday. The announcement came as the KRG announced it will be holding presidential and parliamentary elections on November 1, a move that to consolidate its power in the Kurdistan region following the results of the independence referendum. Earlier in the day Iraq’s federal parliament threatened to exclude Kurdish members who took part in the referendum on the basis that it was unconstitutional, reports Reuters.

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