By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: The Uganda lawyer attached to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Counsel Esta Nakaima has died-TheSpy Uganda reports exclusively.
This has been confirmed by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) National Vice-chairman Eastern region, Captain Mike Mukula who tweeted thus;
I have lost a relative ESTA NAKAIMA OGULI (rip) a lawyer working with International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague , slipped and fell in the bathroom & been in ICU for a few days after a NEURO surgery.She is in a better place 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Y13QReAHCl
— Mukula (@Mukulaa) September 27, 2020
“I have lost a relative ESTA NAKAIMA OGULI (rip) a lawyer working with International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague, slipped and fell in the bathroom & been in ICU for a few days after a NEURO surgery.”
According to Mukula, the Nakaima slipped and fell in the bathroom and rushed to the hospital where she was put in Inte in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days after a NEURO surgery.
The late Esta Nakaima OGULI (rip) while in ICC worked diligently with extreme commitment and zeal assisting the international criminal prosecutor …., pic.twitter.com/v0y9nlCVDo
— Mukula (@Mukulaa) September 27, 2020
He added, “The late Esta Nakaima OGULI (rip) while in ICC worked diligently with extreme commitment and zeal assisting the international criminal prosecutor”
The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals. The ICC lacks universal territorial jurisdiction, and may only investigate and prosecute crimes committed within member states, crimes committed by nationals of member states, or crimes in situations referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.
The ICC began operations on 1 July 2002, upon the entry into force of the Rome Statute, a multilateral treaty that serves as the court’s foundational and governing document. States which become a party to the Rome Statute become members of the ICC, serving on the Assembly of States Parties, which administers the court. As of November 2019, there are 123 ICC member states; 42 states have neither signed nor become parties to the Rome Statute.
The ICC has four principal organs: the Presidency, the Judicial Divisions, the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Registry. The President is the most senior judge chosen by his or her peers in the Judicial Division, which hears cases before the Court.
The Office of the Prosecutor is headed by the Prosecutor who investigates crimes and initiates criminal proceedings before the Judicial Division. The Registry is headed by the Registrar and is charged with managing all the administrative functions of the ICC, including the headquarters, detention unit, and public defence office.
The Office of the Prosecutor has opened 12 official investigations and is also conducting an additional nine preliminary examinations. Thus far, 45 individuals have been indicted in the ICC, including Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, and DR Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba.
The ICC has faced a number of criticisms from states and society, including objections about its jurisdiction, accusations of bias, questioning of the fairness of its case-selection and trial procedures, and doubts about its effectiveness.