National Prosecutions


A protected prosecution witness codenamed RFJ-157 testified at the Mechanism for International Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday that a Serbian paramilitary unit led by Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, committed murders of Croats in the Eastern Slavonia area of Croatia in 1991.
Witness RFJ-157 said a minivan with licence plates from Novi Sad in Serbia, which was full of fighters whose faces were hidden by masks, arrived in the village of Klisa in November 1991.


The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal on Wednesday said is has scheduled its verdict in the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic for Nov. 22.

Mladic is accused of crimes including genocide for his alleged role as the military leader who oversaw the massacre of more than 8,000 men and boys at Srebrenica, Bosnia in July 1995.

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Colombia’s Supreme Court was paid to end an investigation into alleged ties between former Vice-President German Vargas and paramilitary warlord “Martin Llanos,” two opposition senators said Tuesday.

Both Vargas and Senator Claudia Lopez (Green Alliance) hope to take part in presidential elections held next year.

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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will face a second trial on Friday for genocide, a lawyer for victims said, reviving a case against the strongman accused of ordering massacres of Maya Indians during a long civil war.

Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala in 1982 and 1983 after a military coup, was convicted of genocide four years ago along with another military officer but the ruling was overturned.


Colombia’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday that the coming three governments are legally bound to executing a peace deal made with FARC guerrillas last year.

The judicial shield for the peace process is a relief for President Juan Manuel Santos, who spent most of his two terms in office negotiating and executing peace after more than half a century of armed conflict with the rebels.



Sri Lanka's president has vowed to protect a former army chief accused of crimes committed in the bloody final phase of the country's civil war.

"I state very clearly that I will not allow anyone in the world to touch Jagath Jayasuriya or any other military chief or any war hero in this country," President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday, addressing a convention of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party.


Opposition groups in Tunisia have raised the alarm after parliament passed an amnesty law for officials accused of corruption under the toppled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The law was passed on Wednesday evening after a rowdy debate in parliament. In a recent cabinet reshuffle, Ben Ali-era officials were appointed as ministers of finance and education.

The reshuffle was seen as strengthening President Beji Caid Essebsi’s grip on power months before Tunisia’s first post-revolution municipal polls.


The International Center for Transitional Justice denounces the passage of Tunisia’s deeply flawed “Administrative Reconciliation” law, which grants amnesty to public officials who were involved in corruption during the dictatorship but who claim they did not personally gain from it.


Iraq is asking the U.N. Security Council for assistance in collecting evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible crimes against humanity.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that his government and the United Kingdom are working on a draft Security Council resolution seeking assistance.


Colombia’s transitional justice system has receives more than 2,000 applications of law experts who hope to be appointed to fill one of the 51 posts in the war crimes tribunal and truth commission.

The number of magistrates to be picked for the transitional system is almost as large as the total number of magistrates currently working in one of Colombia’s high courts, reported weekly Semana.

The job ahead is titanic. Colombia’s 52-year armed conflict between the State and the Marxist FARC rebels has left millions of victims and tens of thousands alleged war criminals.