National Prosecutions

7/28/2017

They are everywhere. Here next to a house, where a woman is hanging clothes to dry. There in a field, where children are playing.

They are graves, filled with hundreds of bodies.

In the town of Nganza, in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the dead have been decomposing for months. Now it may be too late to identify them. The ground that covers them has turned almost smooth again. The only sign that there are people buried here are the government soldiers in red berets and aviator sunglasses, posted nearby with AK-47s.

7/28/2017

Colombia’s prosecutor general called on the FARC‘s defense attorney to present evidence to back up claims of threats against demobilized guerrilla leaders.

The Prosecutor General’s Office called on FARC lawyer Enrique Santiago to provide specific evidence on claims he has made to Caracol Radio regarding threats of a criminal gang allegedly offering $1 million to assassinate demobilizing guerrilla commanders.

7/27/2017

One of Democratic Republic of Congo's most notorious warlords, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, surrendered to UN peacekeepers on Wednesday, the UN mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said.

Sheka's militia, Mai-Mai Sheka, is one of a patchwork of armed groups in eastern Congo regularly accused by the United Nations and rights groups of using rape as a weapon of war.

7/27/2017

Four former federal judges in Argentina were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the country's last dictatorship in a ruling human rights groups are calling historic for punishing the regime's civilian accomplices.

7/26/2017

The Higher Court in Belgrade on Tuesday rejected the motion filed by the war crimes prosecutor, Snezana Stanojkovic, to continue the trial of the eight former policemen charged with committing a massacre of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in the village of Kravica in July 1995.

The court said that the motion was incomplete, since it was based on charges that were thrown out by an appeals court earlier in July.

This means that prosecutor Stanojkovic will have to file new charges, which have to be accepted by the court before a new trial is scheduled.

7/25/2017

The Mechanism for International Tribunals in The Hague has temporarily released former Serbian State Security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, allowing them to return to their home country during the court’s summer recess.

The court’s decision was made on July 19, but only made public on Tuesday.

The two men were to be transported to Belgrade under Serbian interior ministry supervision on or after July 21, the decision said.

7/25/2017

Serbia's new chief war crimes prosecutor has filed a request to resume the landmark trial of eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

7/25/2017

The man who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that condemned Canada’s history with residential schools will now oversee a probe into a northwestern Ontario city’s police services board as the community grapples with tensions between its police force and Indigenous residents.

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission says Sen. Murray Sinclair will lead an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, which is responsible for a force that has come under fire from local Indigenous leaders in recent months.

7/24/2017

Four wartime Bosnian Croat policemen were acquitted of criminal responsibility for the killings of three members of a Bosniak family during an operation in Capljina in 1993.

7/24/2017

African countries should strengthen their judicial systems if they want to deal with international criminal justice cases on the continent instead of relying on the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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