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Good morning, this is Michelle, with this month’s updates on the worldwide hunt for war criminals in partnership with Civitas Maxima.

April was marked by the loss of one of the most prominent figures of the international justice community, with the passing of Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials.

The American lawyer, who strongly advocated for the creation of the International Criminal Court, was also a firm believer in a system that spares no one, no matter how powerful.

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Michelle Langrand


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The Swiss Federal Criminal Court in the southern Switzerland city of Bellinzona on 8 July 2022. (Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

In Switzerland, Ousman Sonko, Gambia’s former interior minister, was indicted for crimes that include murder, torture and sexual violence, making it the second case tried under the confederation’s universal jurisdiction. A trial in the Hague saw Hashim Thaçi, Kosovo's former president and guerilla leader, facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, while in France, similar charges were brought against three people for alleged involvement in the disappearance and death of two French-Syrian nationals. Civitas Maxima director Alain Werner honoured Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials team, who passed away earlier this month, saying that trials would have pleased him.

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