Congo Institutes Proceedings Against Belgium Because of International Arrest Warrant Against Yerodia

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Friday, December 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On October 17, 2000, as a reaction against the Belgian international warrant for the arrest of the Congolese minister of foreign affairs, the Democratic Republic of Congo filed an application against Belgium with the International Court of Justice in the Hague (ICJ). The application’s aim is to have the ICJ order Belgium to withdraw its arrest warrant for Yerodia. To this end, it contains two separate grounds on which the Belgian authorities allegedly infringed international law: Congo contends that, in the first place, Belgium has infringed on its sovereignty, and that secondly, the warrant for the arrest of Yerodia constitutes a violation of the latter’s diplomatic immunity...[more]