National Prosecutions

9/15/2020

Spain’s National Court announced on Friday that the former colonel and deputy minister, Orlando Montano Morales, has been sentenced to 133 years and four months in prison on charges of murder of five Jesuit priests in 1989.

9/15/2020

Former commanders of the disbanded FARC rebel group in Columbia have issued an apology for kidnappings they carried out during the armed conflict for the first time. Eight former senior FARC commanders signed the statement of apology.

"We now understand the pain we caused so many families — sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and friends — who lived through hell waiting for news of their loved ones, wondering if they were healthy and under which conditions they were held, kept apart from their affection, from their projects, from their world," the statement reads.

9/10/2020

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five of the eight suspects in the murder of Washington Post journalists Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 to 20 years in prison. The Khashoggi family “pardoned” the five suspects to spare them of the death penalty. Of the remaining defendants, one has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and the other two defendants face 7 years in prison.

9/10/2020

Yesterday, Bolivia has asked the chief prosecutor of the ICC to investigate if former President Evo Morales and his supporters committed crimes against humanity. President Morales set up roadblocks to prevent people from accessing health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The written referral that Bolivia filed at the ICC last Friday argues that President Morales and his supporters incited the blockades in August that had “the direct consequence of causing the death of several people and anxiety in the rest of the population.”

9/9/2020

Thirty years after murder of eight people, including six Jesuits, those who ordered deaths may finally face consequences. The priests, five of them Spanish, became some of the best known victims of El Salvador’s civil war, the 12-year conflict between the US-backed military junta and the leftwing guerrillas of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front that cost more than 75,000 lives.

9/9/2020

In a video testimony recorded by a rebel militia, two soldiers in the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is known, openly confessed to killing dozens of villagers in the northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves on video in Myanmar.

On Monday, September 7, the two men, who fled Myanmar last month, were transported to The Hague, where the International Criminal Court has opened a case examining whether Tatmadaw leaders committed large-scale crimes against the Rohingya.

9/9/2020

Search teams of the Public Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons, on Sunday, found five new bodies in the Meshrue Al-Rabt area in Tarhuna.

The Director of the Information Office of the Authority, Abdulaziz Al-Jaafari, announced that two of the bodies were mutilated, bringing the number of human remains found since the liberation of Tarhuna to more than 220 bodies.

Read more here.

9/9/2020

On Sunday, September 6, The Serbian defense ministry announced that the Senior Yugoslav Army officer Dragoljub Ojdanic died in Belgrade at the age of 79, “after a short illness.”

9/9/2020

Rwandan President Paul Kagame denies that Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Hollywood film, Hotel Rwanda, was kidnapped and brought into Rwandan custody. His family accuse the Rwandan government of “kidnapping” him during a visit to Dubai. Currently, he is accused of supporting rebel violence in Rwanda, terrorism, arson, kidnap, and the murders of unarmed civilians.

9/3/2020

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has announced the country is ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) so those accused of war crimes in Darfur appear before the tribunal, a list that includes deposed President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir, who has been in prison in Khartoum since he was toppled after mass protests last year, is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur in a conflict that killed around 300,000 people beginning in 2003.

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