Monday, March 19, 2018

ICC's President Judge asked to resign due to corruption


Back in 2016, the ICC President's name has been linked with corruption.
ICC President Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi and ICC Flags| Photo CTTO

Atty. Paula Defensor Knack shared a compelling news that circulated two years ago.

Atty. Knack is the younger sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, which advocates online legal and political awareness of current issues in and truthful news of the Philippines, as well as legal opinions on political developments.

Paula Defensor Knack is also a former Assistant Secretary of Lands and Legislative Affairs of the Philippine Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources.

In one of her recent Facebook posts, Knack shared news articles regarding the President of the International Criminal Court, Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi.

In them was a call for the ICC President's resignation. These news surfaced after it emerged that she may have received unexplained funds amounting to over US$17million that was allegedly used to bribe witnesses and to ensure the indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.
ICC President Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi and ICC logo | Photo CTTO

According to report, information reaching The London Evening Post say that between 2004 and 2015, Argentinian-born ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi allegedly received into her private bank accounts financial rewards to ensure the impeachment of Sudan leader.

The funds are alleged to have been channeled through Judge de Gurmendi’s accounts by offshore financial companies, who purportedly made wire transfers ranging from US$150,000-US$250,000 to the judge’s bank accounts.

In addition, it is alleged that these funds were made available to Judge de Gurmendi during the time that President Bashir was under investigation and the ICC was looking for evidence to indict him.
It has been further alleged that funds were supposedly distributed to groups in Darfur including the Sudan Liberation Movement to recruit, coach and fake evidence and buy witnesses to testify against President Bashir.
Paula Defensor Knack | Photo CTTO

The scandal has led to Pan African Forum Chief Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga to call upon Judge de Gurmendi to resign from her position.

He added that the evidences that have been acquired include video and audio tape as well as bank statements that show the movement of huge sums of money to buy witnesses in order to facilitate the case against Gen Bashir.

Matsanga argued that it was improper for an ICC judge to receive unexplained colossal sums of money which outmatch her annual salary. “Her (Judge de Gurmendi) resignation would allow proper investigations to take place at OTP hence an account on how she continued to receive large sums of money into her private accounts from 2004, the year Sudan President Bashir was indicted by the court on charges of crimes against humanity, to 2015,” he added.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO

Matsanga further argued that the indictment against President Bashir now looks to have been carried out through the corrupting of senior ICC officials. “We thought ICC was created to catch dictators in Africa but instead its witch hunting,” relented Matsanga.

He added that on the directives of the then UN Secretary General Koffi Anan, former ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo was handpicked to be the ICC chief prosecutor to execute what he described as “Anan’s plan to molest Africa”, which he said has been internationally exhibited by the mode of investigation employed so far in African cases at the ICC in The Hague.

On March 14, Duterte said the Philippines would withdraw from the ICC "effective immediately."
President Rodrigo Duterte also has urged other countries to get out of the ICC days after the Philippines withdrew from the institution.

Check out her full post below:

FLASHBACK : The president of the ICC Gurmendi (up to March 2018) was accused of receiving monetary rewards for the warrant of arrest against Al Bashir which remains unserved (at large) for 10 years.

Information reaching The London Evening Post here say that between 2004 and 2015, Argentinian-born ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi allegedly received into her private bank accounts at Banco Popular in the Virgin Islands, the First Caribbean Bank in the Bahamas and the Congregation B’nai Israel unexplained funds mounting to over US$17million that was allegedly used to bribe witnesses that enabled the ICC to indict the Sudanese leader.
FULL TEXT HERE :

By Jessica A Badebye in Nairobi – Kenya

The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is facing calls to resign after it emerged that she may have received financial rewards said to be in millions of dollars to ensure the indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.

Information reaching The London Evening Post here say that between 2004 and 2015, Argentinian-born ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi allegedly received into her private bank accounts at Banco Popular in the Virgin Islands, the First Caribbean Bank in the Bahamas and the Congregation B’nai Israel unexplained funds mounting to over US$17million that was allegedly used to bribe witnesses that enabled the ICC to indict the Sudanese leader.

The funds are alleged to have been channelled through Judge de Gurmendi’s accounts by Barting Holding Ltd, Atlantic Corporation, Genesis International Holdings and Napex International, all of which are offshore financial companies, who allegedly made wire transfers ranging from US$150,000-US$250,000 to the judge’s bank accounts. It is alleged that these funds were made available to Judge de Gurmendi during the time that President Bashir was under investigation and the ICC was looking for evidence to indict him.

It has been further alleged that funds channelled through Judge de Gurmendi’s accounts were allegedly distributed by her to groups in Darfur including the Sudan Liberation Movement, formerly the Darfur Liberation Front founded by Abdul Wahid al Nur and others in 2002. Appointed ICC President in March last year, de Gurmendi is alleged to have used the funds to ‘recruit, coach and fake evidence and witnesses to testify against President Bashir’.
ICC President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi alleged received funds in her bank account to 'buy witnesses for use against Gen Bashir'
ICC President – Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi alleged to have received funds in her bank account to ‘buy witnesses for use against Gen Bashir’.

The scandal has led to Pan African Forum Chief Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga to call upon Judge de Gurmendi to resign from her position. He argued that it was improper for an ICC judge to receive unexplained colossal sums of money which outmatch her annual salary. He added that her resignation would allow proper investigations to take place at OTP hence an account on how she continued to receive large sums of money into her private accounts from 2004, the year Sudan President Bashir was indicted by the court on charges of crimes against humanity, to 2015.

Matsanga argued that the indictment against President Bashir now looks to have been carried out through the corrupting of senior ICC officials. “We thought ICC was created to catch dictators in Africa but instead its witch hunting,” relented Matsanga. He added that on the directives of the then UN Secretary General Koffi Anan, former ICC chief prosecutor Louis Moreno-Ocampo was handpicked to be the ICC chief prosecutor to execute what he described as “Anan’s plan to molest Africa”, which he said has been internationally exhibited by the mode of investigation employed so far in African cases at the ICC in The Hague.

Citing ICC investigations in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Egypt during Ocampo’s tenure as ICC chief prosecutor, Dr Matsanga said he has already provided evidence to the ICC that show Ocampo’s involvement in Bashir’s case. “We have a huge dossier of evidence against Ocampo and others that worked with him,” he said. He added that the evidence he has acquired include video and audio tape evidence as well as bank statements that show the movement of huge sums of money to buy witnesses in order to facilitate the case against Gen Bashir.

http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/icc-president-in-corru…/
OR
http://www.sudanembassyindia.org/…/ICC-President-in-corrupt…

Source: Paula Defensor Knack

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