Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Hague lawyer exposes scandal of ICC President Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi



The Hague lawyer exposes scandal of ICC President Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi
Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi
The International Criminal Court is revealed to be fraught heavily with controversy with one of the most recent exposes showing that its President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi allegedly received bribes amounting to over $17 million so as to indict Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.

International law expert Paula Knack shared an article written by Jessica Badebye that detailed de Gurmendi’s alleged acceptance of financial rewards from offshore banks such as Barting Holding Limitedd, Atlantic Corporation, Genesis International Holdings, and Napex International.

Wire transfers amounting to $150,000 to $250,000 were said to have been wire-transferred to the Judge’s account during the time that Bashir was being investigated by the ICC.

Furthermore, the funds de Gurmendi received were also said to have been spent on gathering and faking evidence against Bashir though several political and similar groups such as the Sudan Liberation Movement, formerly the Darfur Liberation Front, founded by Abdul Wahid al Nur and others in 2002

The same funds were allegedly used also in recruiting, training, and faking witnesses for the charge of crimes against humanity against Bashir.

Atty. Paula Knack and President Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, photo compiled from Facebook and Google
With the surfacing of this controversy, Pan African Forum Chief David Nyekorach Matsanga demanded that de Gurmendi resign from her position due to the unexplained wealth she had accumulated from 2004 to 2015.

“We thought ICC was created to catch dictators in Africa but instead its witch hunting,” Matsanga said after accusing the roster of ICC officials to have been corrupted.

The expose puts more doubt in the integrity and credibility of the ICC to objectively pursue justice and genuinely serve the welfare of citizens around the world.

Similarly, the Philippines is witnessing a scenario like Sudan where its president is being investigated by ICC for charges of crimes against humanity.

During his speech at the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), President Rodrigo Duterte declared the Rome Statute to be “bullshit” and announced the country’s withdrawal from the ICC as a member.

The article Knack shared reads:

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.

Source: Paula Defensor Knack