National Prosecutions

2/7/2020

Three Myanmar military officers have been found guilty by a court-martial investigating atrocities against the Rohingya in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced.

The rare action against members of the military on Tuesday comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the UN’s top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya.

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30/6/2020

U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado Jason Dunn announced Thursday that a Gambian man who had been living in Denver was indicted on torture charges for his actions in the Gambia in 2006.

Michael Correa was a former member of the Junglers, a Gambian armed unit. The Junglers operated outside the regular Gambia Armed Forces command, receiving orders from and answering to former President Yahya Jammeh.

In 2006, Correa allegedly conspired with others to commit torture against individuals suspected of plotting a coup against then-President Jammeh.

30/6/2020

Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed.

A judge will now take several months to decide whether the cases built by the special prosecutor's office are strong enough to put Thaci, charged with nearly 100 murders, and the others on trial.

16/6/2020

A Sudanese war crimes suspect said on Monday that charges mentioned on his arrest warrant are untrue, during an initial appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The suspect, who had previously been identified in court documents as having the surname Kushayb, said his preferred name was Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman. He is accused of persecution, murder, and rape in the western Sudanese region of Darfur in 2003-2004.

4/6/2020

Tens of thousands of people may have been killed during Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, according to a damning UN report that warns of “impunity” and calls for an independent investigation into abuses.

The anti-narcotics crackdown in the Philippines, launched by the president after he won the 2016 election on a promise to rid the country of drugs, appears to have resulted in “widespread and systematic” extrajudicial killings, the report says.

4/6/2020

PARIS — A French court on Wednesday approved the extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga to a United Nations tribunal.

Kabuga’s lawyers said their 87-year-old client’s health is too frail for him to be transferred to the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals based at The Hague in the Netherlands.

But the French court Wednesday said that the condition of Kabuga’s health was not an obstacle to his extradition.

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2/6/2020

An independent British investigator looking into allegations that UK soldiers committed war crimes in Iraq between 2003 and 2009 said Tuesday that all but one of the thousands of complaints had been dropped.

The Service Prosecuting Authority director Andrew Cayley told BBC radio that it was “quite possible” that none of the original allegations would lead to a prosecution.

Cayley said the overwhelming majority of the cases were thrown out in the early stage of the probe because the alleged offenses were “at such a very low level.”

26/5/2020

The remains of a fugitive major suspect in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide have been identified in a grave in the Republic of the Congo, a United Nations war crimes prosecutor said on Friday.

Serge Brammertz said Augustin Bizimana, who was indicted on 13 charges including genocide, murder, and rape, is believed to have died in Pointe Noire, in the Republic of the Congo in 2000. His remains were identified by DNA testing.

26/5/2020

Two convicted war criminals hope to be elected as MPs at next month’s polls in Serbia, while several other people who are wanted by the UN court or have been accused of wartime violations are standing for parliament.

Vasiljkovic is well-known across the Balkans as ‘Captain Dragan,’ a war criminal who only returned to Serbia on March 28 this year after serving a prison sentence in Croatia for crimes he committed there in 1991.

21/5/2020

Former Congolese vice president and militia leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted of war crimes by the court in 2018, was not entitled to any damages or compensation, judges at the International Criminal Court ruled on Monday.

Bemba’s lawyers had sought nearly 70 million euros ($75 million dollars) in compensation for unlawful detention, legal fees and losses due to the alleged mismanagement of assets seized by the court.

On Monday the judges ruled that “no grave and manifest miscarriage of justice occurred” and rejected the claims.

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