National Prosecutions

11/27/2017

The International Crimes Division Court has declined to grant a request by the former LRA Senior commandant Thomas Kwoyelo to unconditionally release him from Luzira Prisons on claims of a defective indictment by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Justice Susan Okalany has instead upheld the indictment in which Kwoyelo is charged with 93 counts that stem from the 20 year political insurgency in Northern Uganda.

11/27/2017

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia found former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic guilty on Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, convicting him of some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II and jailing him for life.

Mladic, 74, was convicted of genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, the persecution and extermination of Bosniaks and Croats across the country, terrorising the population of Sarajevo with a campaign of shelling and sniper attacks, and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.

11/21/2017

Colombia's Senate has backed a law to regulate transitional justice under the country's peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, including special tribunals that will try guerrilla leaders for war crimes.
The law, approved late on Wednesday, is considered the cornerstone of the agreement signed last year between the government and the FARC, known then as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The measure still needs approval from the lower house of Congress, which is likely to vote on it early next week.

11/21/2017

Jovica Stanisic’s defence on Thursday challenged prosecution expert witness Christian Axboe Nielsen’s claim at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague that the Serbian State Security Service, SDB, had power over paramilitary forces led by Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan.

Nielsen confirmed that he had not found direct evidence about the direct connection in numerous documents issued by the Serbian SDB, which he had analysed.

11/17/2017

Belgrade Special Court decided on Tuesday to restart the trial for the massacre of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in the village of Kravica in 1995 from the beginning, rejecting the prosecution’s argument that the proceedings should continue where they left off when they were suspended in July this year.

Defence lawyers for eight former members of a Bosnian Serb special police unit who are accused of the crimes argued that previously, the trial was being improperly held because Serbia had no war crimes prosecutor in place at the time.

11/17/2017

On Nov. 16, 28 years ago, six Spanish Jesuits, their cook and her daughter were murdered at the University of Central America (U.C.A.) by U.S.-trained and -equipped Salvadoran military. After nearly three decades of impunity, the upcoming extradition and trial of a former Salvadoran colonel and vice-minister of public security, accused as one of the authors of the massacre, could unlock key details of the case and help bring justice to the victims.

11/17/2017

On Monday, the UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice, Pablo de Greiff, issued his concluding observations and recommendations following a two-week official visit to Sri Lanka – in essence, a review of the government of Sri Lanka’s progress in addressing the country’s legacy of mass human rights violations, including those committed during the final stages of the recent civil war which saw thousands of (mostly Tamil) civilians killed.

11/14/2017

The commission that seeks to establish the truth behind Colombia’s half-a-century armed conflict between Marxist FARCguerrillas will be led by a well-respected Jesuit priest.

The president of the commission, Francisco de Roux, has more than 40 years of experience in promoting peace and is one of the men behind the CINEP, an influential Christian think tank.

[Read more] (https://colombiareports.com/colombias-truth-commission-ready-investigate...)

11/6/2017

The Special Prosecution said on Wednesday that after investigating the claims of several people who alleged that Nenad Rikalo, Kosovo’s new agriculture minister, was involved in the torture of ethnic Albanians during the 1990s war, it has not found any evidence to support the accusations.

11/6/2017

The state court in Sarajevo on Monday convicted Savinovic, a former member of the Benko Penavic Convicts’ Battalion of the Croatian Defence Council’s Anti-Terrorist Group, of participating in persecution by committing murders and being involved in the forcible resettlement of Bosniak civilians in the Mostar area from May 1993 to the end of that year.

The verdict said that Savinovic, who was accompanied by three members of the Croatian Defence Council, barged into an apartment where three women and a baby were on July 15, 1993 and took them out.

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