National Prosecutions


Relatives of victims of Northern Ireland's deadliest bombing are suing the police over alleged failings they say allowed the killers to escape justice.

Families belonging to the Omagh Support and Self Help Group have issued a writ against George Hamilton, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

A car bomb planted by IRA dissidents exploded amid shoppers, workers and tourists in the town of Omagh on Aug. 15, 1998, killing 29 people.


Colombia’s transitional justice system has received the case files of 12,000 alleged military war criminals, the transitional justice body announced on Tuesday.

According to the justice system’s executive secretary, some 4,500 jailed soldiers have requested to be included in the transitional justice system that would allow them to leave prison while awaiting a new trial.

Additionally, the Defense Ministry has sent another 7,494 case files of members of the military either convicted or investigated on war crime charges, the executive secretary said in a press release.


Human Rights Watch said Tuesday Israel had stripped nearly 15,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem of their right to live in the city since 1967 and warned that it could be a "war crime."

"Israel claims to treat Jerusalem as a unified city, but the reality is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director, said in a report.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War in a move never recognized by the international community.


Poland’s ruling officials are stepping up calls to demand compensation from Germany for damages caused in World War II, potentially deepening a divide between the European Union’s largest eastern member and the bloc’s biggest economy.


Former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko will remain in a Swiss jail for another three months after the country's attorney general (AG) broadened an investigation into whether he committed crimes against humanity.

Sonko has been in pre-trial custody since January after the Geneva-based legal group Trial International filed a criminal complaint accusing him of having personally taken part in torture.


Switzerland's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction for racial discrimination of a man who posed outside a Geneva synagogue doing an alleged Nazi salute.

A text of the court's July decision, made public Thursday, rejected the appeal by the unidentified defendant of a Geneva court verdict handing him a suspended prison sentence and thousands of Swiss francs (dollars) in fines.

Photos posted on the internet of the December 2013 incident showed the man dressed in black with a scarf covering his face alongside two other men, one in Swiss Army fatigues.


Colombia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has frozen real estate and cattle worth $3 million that according to demobilized guerrilla group FARC was part of their illegal assets.


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.


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.


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.