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Victims And Witnesses

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The protection and support of victims and witnesses is a recurring theme of the Statute, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Regulations of the Court. Victims are the immediate sufferers of crime putting them in a separate class of persons for purposes of law enforcement. Witnesses are the persons whose testimony illuminates the scene and circumstances surrounding a crime, laying the ground for bringing those responsible to justice. The Statute does not define who qualifies as a victim. The word "victim" denotes a person hurt, injured or damaged by a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court. The definition of a natural person qualifying as a victim is a straightforward one. Persons who have suffered harm as a result of the commission of a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court qualify as victims.

Keywords: jurisdiction; victims; witnesses



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