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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Arrest Warrant Case (Democratic Republic of the Congo v Belgium)

Matthias Goldmann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 August 2019

Subject(s):
Immunity from jurisdiction, states — Crimes against humanity — Diplomatic immunity — Jurisdiction of states, universality principle

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 On 11 April 2000, an investigating judge of the Brussels Tribunal of First Instance issued an arrest warrant against the incumbent Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo (‘DRC’ Congo, Democratic Republic of the ), Abdulaye Yerodia Ndombasi. Allegedly, he had incited racial hatred in various speeches in the DRC in 1998, which had contributed to the massacre of several hundred persons. He was therefore charged with grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions I–IV (1949) ; Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol I (1977) ; Geneva Conventions...
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