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# the-hague - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

ICC issues arrest warrant for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo

Gbagbo refused to cede power to his rival Alassane Ouattara after losing last year’s election, sparking violent divisions in the country.

# the-hague - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

ICC wants Hague judges involved in trial of Gaddafi's son

Meanwhile, two Irish-based Libyan have reportedly been included in the new post-Muammar Gaddafi cabinet.

# the-hague - Sunday 20 November, 2011

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Gaddafi's son will be tried in Libya, says interim government

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says he wants to ensure Gaddafi will get a fair trial if tried in Libya.

# the-hague - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Results day for Junior Cert students, cabinet meets to discuss selling off state assets, and what Irish people are more likely to lie about than anyone else…

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Abuse victims ask International Criminal Court to prosecute Pope

Two groups representing victims have brought a case against the Vatican for crimes against humanity.

# the-hague - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Dutch state found responsible for three Srebrenica deaths

In a groundbreaking ruling, the Dutch state has been found responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men during the bloody Srebrenica massacre of 1995 – which saw 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serb forces.

# the-hague - Monday 4 July, 2011

Judges enter “not guilty” plea for Mladić after kicking him out of court

The man accused of carrying out horrendous war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s has again refused to enter a plea but judges at The Hague have done so on his behalf.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# the-hague - Monday 27 June, 2011

ICC issues warrants for Gaddafi and son

The Hague-based court also issued a warrant for the arrest of Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi.

# the-hague - Thursday 16 June, 2011

Mandela charity ex-chief innocent in 'blood diamond' case

Supermodel Naomi Campbell testified that she gave stones – believed to have come from ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is being tried for war crimes – to the former head of Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity in 1997.

# the-hague - Friday 3 June, 2011

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Ratko Mladic shuns ‘monstrous’ charges as he appears at war crimes tribunal

The former commander of the Bosnian Serb army robustly defended his actions in the Netherlands court as he heard the indictment against him read out for the first time.

# the-hague - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock

Mladic seeks to delay extradition - by sending his appeal by post

The Serbian warlord is trying to avoid extradition to The Hague using any means possible – including through ‘snail mail’.

# the-hague - Monday 30 May, 2011

War crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to appeal against extradition to The Hague

The former Bosnian Serb military commander is unlikely to win his appeal with the Serbian government keen to move him on to the Netherlands to stand trial.

# the-hague - Sunday 29 May, 2011

Belgrade prepares for pro-Mladic protests organised by ultra-nationalist group

Serbian right-wing groups have urged their supporters to attend today’s rally, but Mladic’s lawyer says he has issued an appeal against violence and unrest in his name.

# the-hague - Saturday 28 May, 2011

Serbia to target those that protected war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic

The Serbian president has vowed to investigate those who may have colluded with Mladic to keep him from the authorities. Meanwhile, details of how the former army chief lived in hiding have been emerging.

Gardaí receive €1bn in allowances since 2007

Details released to the Dáil outline that €73m was paid in allowances in the first months of 2011, and €1bn since 2007.

# the-hague - Friday 27 May, 2011

Ratko Mladic ruled fit to stand trial for war crimes by Serbian judge

The judge has ruled that Mladic can stand trial for war crimes at The Hague in the Netherlands.

# the-hague - Thursday 26 May, 2011

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Ratko Mladic, wanted for the slaughter of 8,000 in Srebrenica, is arrested in Serbia

The war crimes suspect was living as a fugitive in a Serbian village. He will now be extradited to The Hague to stand trial.

# the-hague - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

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Hague judge order lawyers to ditch traditional wigs

A justice at the International Criminal Court tells lawyers not to wear horse-hair wigs – because it’s not official garb.

# the-hague - Friday 15 April, 2011

UN court convicts Croatian hero General Gotovina of war crimes

Croatian war veterans and politicians denounce outcome of trial investigating atrocities perpetrated during the Balkan conflict of the early 90s.

# the-hague - Sunday 27 February, 2011

UN votes to impose sanctions on Gaddafi

The United Nations votes for sanctions and to refer the Libyan leader to the International Criminal Court to face a charge of possible crimes against humanity.

# the-hague - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

AS NAOMI CAMPBELL’s former agent, Carole White, prepares to take to the witness stand at the Hague for the second time today, the only clear thing to emerge from the Blood Diamond trial is that – well, nothing much is terribly clear at all.

In an attempt to sort the diamonds from the dirty pebbles, here’s our guide to who’s claiming what…so far.

When they first heard about the diamonds:

Naomi says:  When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said: ‘A gift for you’. I opened the pouch the next morning when I woke up… I saw a few stones in there, they were very small dirty-looking stones.

Mia says:  Naomi joined us at the breakfast table, but before she sat down, she immediately recounted an event of that evening. She said in the night she had been awakened by some men who were knocking at her door, and that they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor and they had given her a huge diamond.

Carole says: Whilst we were eating dinner, Naomi leant back and Charles Taylor leant forward and Naomi was very excited and told me, ‘Oh he’s going to give me some diamonds..After dinner we went back to the guest house. Naomi was very excited about the diamonds that were meant to be arriving. She was in communication with some men, including I believe the driver who was due to be bringing the diamonds.

We both went to bed. I heard some pebbles hit my window. I looked down and two guys were there. They said: ‘We have something for Miss Campbell – can you let us in?’ I woke Miss Campbell. We went downstairs and let the men in. She really wanted to let them in.

They took out a scruffy paper and handed it Miss Campbell and said: ‘These are the diamonds’. She opened them and showed them to me.

How many stones were there?

Naomi says: I can’t really recall after 13 years. Maybe two or three?

Mia says: Naomi Campbell said ‘diamond’ – singular. That’s what she said. I didn’t see the diamond or diamonds.

Carole says: Five or six.

Did Naomi know the stones were diamonds?

Naomi says: If someone hadn’t said they were diamonds I wouldn’t have guessed right away that they were. When I’m used to seeing diamonds I’m used to seeing them shiny in a box

Mia says: She may not have used the word ‘huge’ but she did say a diamond.

Carole says: After the men had gone we both discussed the diamonds… She [Naomi] was quite disappointed because they were not shiny… They weren’t very big.

Who said they were from Charles Taylor?

Naomi says: At breakfast I told Miss Farrow and Miss White what had happened and one of the two said, well that’s obviously Charles Taylor, and I said, yes I guess it was. I think it was Mia Farrow who said there was no-one else at the table that would give such a gift. So the assumption was made. I don’t know anything about Charles Taylor. Never heard of him before, never heard of the country Liberia before. I never heard of the term ‘blood diamonds’ before. So I just assumed that it was (him)

Mia says: Naomi.

Carole says: Naomi told me at dinner. Charles Taylor was smiling and nodding in agreement.

# the-hague - Friday 6 August, 2010

A FRIEND OF SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell has admitted keeping the uncut diamonds given to him by the model in 1997 after she attended a dinner along with Nelson Mandela, Charles Taylor, and Mia Farrow.

Jeremy Ratcliffe, former head of Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund, released a statement to the BBC concerning the controversial diamonds after the model testified at the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor yesterday.

Testifying about the diamonds at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Holland yesterday, Campbell said she received a pouch containing “dirty-looking stones” at her hotel room in the middle of the night from two men who offered no explanation for the gift. She said she assumed it was from Charles Taylor, but she has no evidence of that.

The model also said she had been “inconvenienced” by her appearance at the trial, and feared for her safety, as she says in this clip:


Taylor, the former Liberian president, maintains he never dealt in blood diamonds – diamonds mined in regions controlled by militant who use sales money to buy weapons and fuel their conflict. Taylor is accused of using the illegal gems to provide weapons for Sierra Leona rebels up to two decades ago.

Ratcliffe claims that Campbell gave him the stones and suggested they could be of use to the children’s charity, but he responded that he would not involve the organisation in anything that could be illegal.

He said he took the diamonds and decided not to report them in order to protect the reputations of Campbell, the charity, and Nelson Mandela. He said he has since handed them over to authorities.

# the-hague - Thursday 5 August, 2010

NAOMI CAMPBELL has told the Special Court for Sierra Leone that she didn’t really want to be there, saying she just wants “to get this over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience for me.”

The model is appearing as a prosecution witness in the war crimes case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Coverage of the trial can be found here, albeit with a 30-minute delay.


After being called as a witness, Campbell said she feared for her safety if she gave evidence, and the judge gave special orders prohibiting photographs of her entering or leaving the court.

The prosecution alleges Campbell was given blood diamonds by Taylor after attending a dinner with him and Nelson Mandela in 1997. Taylor has always denied receiving or dealing in the diamonds.

This morning, Campbell told the court that she received “dirty looking stones”, but did not know who they were from. She said two men appeared at her hotel room in the middle of the night and gave her a pouch with no explanation and no note.

Actress Mia Farrow, who is due to testify on Monday, claims Campbell told her about the encounter the next day. Campbell is appearing as a result of Farrow’s claims that she received blood diamonds from Taylor.

The model said she gave the stones to her friend who ran a children’s charity and asked him to do something with them. She said she didn’t really care what happened to them.