Crimes committed by participants in a JCE of vast scope

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Decision on Jurisdictional Appeals - 12.04.2006 KAREMERA et al.
(ICTR-98-44-AR72.5, ICTR-98-44-AR72.6)

The Appeals Chamber held that “customary international law permits imposition of third category JCE liability on an accused for crimes committed by fellow participants in a JCE of ‘vast scope’” (para. 12).  Accordingly, the Appeals Chamber upheld (paras 12-18) the Trial Chamber’s decision not to find that third category JCE liability can be imposed only when the JCE is “limited to a specific operation and a restricted geographical area, and where the Accused was not structurally remote from the actual perpetrators of the crimes.”[1] 

The Appeals Chamber, however, cautioned that (para. 17):

Third category JCE liability can be imposed only for crimes that were foreseeable to an accused. In certain circumstances, crimes committed by other participants in a large-scale enterprise will not be foreseeable to an accused.

[1] Prosecutor v. Karemera et al., Case No. ICTR-98-44, Decision on Defence Motion Challenging the Jurisdiction of the Tribunal – Joint Criminal Enterprise Rules 72 and 73 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, 5 August 2005, para. 4 (internal footnotes omitted).

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