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Apr 5, 2011

Q+A – What to expect in ICC probe into Kenyan violence

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Six Kenyans accused of crimes against humanity in their country’s post-election violence in 2007-08 will make initial appearances this week at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Here are the following steps in the investigation.

WHO HAS BEEN SUMMONSED AND WHAT FOR? Suspended Education Minister William Samoei Ruto, suspended Industrialisation Minister Henry Kiprono Kosgey and radio executive Joshua Arap Sang have been accused of crimes against humanity, including murder, forcible transfer and persecution.

Apr 5, 2011

ICC prosecutor wants access to Libya’s Moussa

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Tuesday he wants to speak with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa for his investigation into crimes against civilians in the North African state.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is investigating Muammar Gaddafi, his sons and key aides such as former foreign minister Moussa, who defected to London last month saying he made the decision because of attacks by Gaddafi forces on civilians.

Apr 4, 2011

Solvay looks to emerging markets in $4.8 billion Rhodia buy

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Cash-rich Belgian chemicals group Solvay SA (SOLB.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is betting on emerging markets exposure and specialty chemicals with a 3.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion) cash bid for French group Rhodia SA (RHA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Monday’s deal ends Solvay’s year-long search for a takeover after it sold its drugs unit to its U.S. partner Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in September 2009 for 4.5 billion euros.

Apr 4, 2011

Solvay bids $4.8 billion for France’s Rhodia

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Cash-rich Belgian chemicals and plastics maker Solvay ended a year-long hunt for acquisitions, betting on emerging markets with a 3.4 billion euro ($4.8 billion) bid for French rival Rhodia.

Solvay, which sold its drugs unit to its U.S. partner Abbott Laboratories in September 2009 for 4.5 billion euros, said it would bid 31.60 euros per share for Rhodia in a deal that was unanimously recommended by Rhodia’s board of directors.

Apr 4, 2011

Solvay bids 3.4 bln euros for France’s Rhodia

AMSTERDAM, April 4 (Reuters) – Cash-rich Belgian chemicals
and plastics maker Solvay (SOLB.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) ended a year-long hunt for
acquisitions, betting on emerging markets with a 3.4 billion
euro ($4.8 billion) bid for French rival Rhodia (RHA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Solvay, which sold its drugs unit to its U.S. partner Abbott
Laboratories (ABT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in September 2009 for 4.5 billion euros,
said it would bid 31.60 euros per share for Rhodia in a deal
that was unanimously recommended by Rhodia’s board of directors.

Mar 28, 2011

Analysis: Probing Libyan killings, ICC support at turning point

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The upheaval in the Arab world and the U.N. Security Council’s referral of Libya could mark a pivotal shift in support for the International Criminal Court, reinforcing its “real time” role in delivering justice.

The world’s first permanent war crimes court has battled a lack of state support, with global powers such as the United States, Russia and China refusing to sign up, while some African states have been reluctant to carry out arrests.

Mar 25, 2011

Libya suspects will face justice at ICC: U.S.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Individuals accused of bombing and shooting anti-government protesters in Libya will end up on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) sooner or later, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes said.

Almost a month after the United Nations Security Council unanimously referred Libya to the ICC, Western powers are enforcing a no-fly zone over the country to protect civilians under attack from troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

Mar 24, 2011

Russian investor eyes return to Spyker-Saab

VILNIUS/AMSTERDAM, March 24 (Reuters) – Russian banker and
businessman Vladimir Antonov is aiming to return as a near
30-percent shareholder in loss-making Dutch group Spyker
(SPYKR.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which owns ailing Swedish carmaker Saab.

Antonov was originally part of Spyker’s acquisition of Saab
from General Motors (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) but quit the deal after facing
allegations of money laundering, which he denied.

Mar 9, 2011

Taylor war crimes trial politically biased: defense

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The defense lawyer for Charles Taylor Wednesday accused the court trying the former Liberian president for war crimes of pursuing a politically motivated case.

Accused of crimes during the civil war in Sierra Leone in 1991-2002, Taylor went on trial in June 2007 and the case is coming to a close this week with the defense’s closing arguments and rebuttals from the prosecution.

Mar 8, 2011

ICC summons 6 suspects over Kenyan violence

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court said Tuesday it was issuing a summons to six suspects in Kenya’s post-election violence, a move that could destabilize the country’s coalition cabinet which is divided over the issue.

The ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, in December named three Kenyan government ministers and a former police chief among six suspects behind the east African country’s post-election violence in 2008.

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      "Aaron specialises in the chemical and biotech sectors in the Netherlands alongside daily equities and general news reporting duties. He also covers the international criminal courts from The Hague. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and sub-editor in Australia in 1994. He has lived in the Netherlands since March 2000."
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