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Press Release :

ICC signs enforcement agreement with Norway

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ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández and H.E. Ambassador Anniken Krutnes signing an enforcement agreement at a ceremony held at the seat of the ICC in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 7 July 2016.  © ICC-CPI
ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández and H.E. Ambassador Anniken Krutnes signing an enforcement agreement at a ceremony held at the seat of the ICC in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 7 July 2016. © ICC-CPI

The International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Kingdom of Norway have concluded an agreement on the enforcement of sentences. Under the agreement, persons convicted by the ICC may serve their sentences of imprisonment in Norway if so decided by the Court and accepted by Norway.

On Thursday, 7 July 2016, Judge Silvia Fernández, President of the Court, and H.E. Ms Anniken Krutnes, Norwegian Ambassador to the Netherlands, signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the seat of the ICC in The Hague, The Netherlands.

"The enforcement of sentences of imprisonment is a crucial element of a well-functioning and complete criminal justice system and States play a key role at the enforcement stage of ICC proceedings", Judge Fernández remarked. Highlighting that the signature of this agreement coincides with a steady increase in trial activity at the Court, President Fernández underlined that "now is the time for the Court and States Parties to work closely together to ensure the smooth enforcement of sentences of imprisonment in the future". She expressed her hope that more States Parties will conclude agreements with the Court in order to share the responsibility.

"As an ardent supporter of the International Criminal Court, Norway is delighted to sign an agreement on the enforcement of sentences", said H.E. Ambassador Anniken Krutnes.

The Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, provides that sentences of imprisonment imposed by the ICC "shall be served in a State designated by the Court from a list of States which have indicated to the Court their willingness to accept sentenced persons".

Similar agreements on the enforcement of sentences are currently in force between the ICC and the governments of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Mali, Serbia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.



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