Legal Corruption In Nigeria

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Hence, the ICC remains central to this discourse and by its scope, prosecutes individuals, not groups or States, which makes it ideal for the thesis arguments. ‘Any individual who is alleged to have committed crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC may be brought before the ICC. In fact, the Office of the Prosecutor’s prosecutorial policy is to focus on those who, having regard to the evidence gathered, bear the greatest responsibility for the crimes, and does not take into account any official position that may be held by the alleged perpetrators’. Thus, the ICC extends no immunity to any individual whether in political authority or not (Article 27 (2). The absence of any immunity clause adds to a great extent, to the credibility of …show more content…

It shall be a permanent institution and shall have the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern, as referred to in this Statute, and shall be complementary to national criminal jurisdictions. The jurisdiction and functioning of the Court shall be governed by the provisions of this Statute. Thus, the ICC remains an international criminal court consisting of judicial, prosecutorial and administrative arms. The clear demarcation of the duties and functions of each department in the ICC has ensured continuity within ICC. It has also provided for checks and balances as well as separation of powers. The IMT lacked these administrative provisions as it was established as an interim measure. In addition, other facts distinguishing the ICC from the IMT, for instance, article 4 of the Rome Statute ascribes the statute of international legal personality to the ICC conforming to its permanent and global jurisdiction. The ICC has an appeals procedure as mirrored in article 81 and 82 but this was not the case with the IMT. The defendants in the IMT were already in custody while in the ICC, the contrary is the case as State parties are required to arrest and

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