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International brief ~ ICTY indictment against Bralo released

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has vacated the non-disclosure order on the 1995 indictment of Miroslav Bralo, a member of a special forces group of the Croatian Defense Council (HVO). Bralo is accused of numerous counts of using rape as a weapon against civilians (violations of the customs and laws of war) and multiple counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of civilians. Read the official ICTY press release here. Read the offical indictment (text in French) here.... A French appeals court issued a ruling Wednesday confirming the order of extradition issued for Cesare Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletariat for Communism, a terrorist group active in the 1970s and 80s. Battisti has been living openly in France after a sanctuary deal from former president Mitterand. Italy has issued charges against Battisti on four counts of murder and requested extradition, which was granted by the lower court. With the appellate court ruling, Battisti is subject to immediate extradition, although he can appeal to the Council of State (official site in French), France's highest court. On the official website for his crime novels, Battisti protests his innocence of any killings. Battisti has been missing since Saturday, when he failed to check in as required by the terms of his parole. Read an online petition against his extradition here. Reuters has more. Liberation provides local coverage from Paris.... The International Criminal Court has received a provisional agreement from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the standard Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court (text here [PDF]). The Memorandum of Understanding from the Congolese government ensures that ICC investigators will be able to operate freely and safely in the field while investigating the current case of war crimes before the ICC Office of the Prosecutor. The Memorandum serves in place of an official ratification of the APIC while that ratification is being processed by the DRC government. Read the offical ICC press notification here.... Russian and Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov (Russian site here) and Askar Aitmatov (Kyrgyzstan government site (in Kyrgyz) here) exchanged documents Tuesday that will eventually lead to Kyrgyzstan signing the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (text here). The Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry says that the document will be signed and ratified as soon as possible, making it easier for that country to work together with other nations on the development and use of micro-organisms for such things as medicine, food treatment, and business spheres. Itar-Tass has more.

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