National Prosecutions


The trial of eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with involvement in the massacre of Bosniaks in the village of Kravica near Srebrenica in July 1995 was stopped on Thursday after the Belgrade appeals court threw out the charges.

The court said that charges were dismissed because they were not filed by the authorised prosecutor, since the Serbian war crimes prosecutor’s position was vacant at the time, Beta news agency reported.


Colombia’s authorities have arrested the alleged commander of an almost extinct combat unit of the country’s last-standing guerrilla group ELN.

“Diego,” the alleged commander of the guerrilla group’s Central War Front was arrested in Rionegro, a municipality bordering the country’s second largest city, Medellin.

The arrested guerrilla commander was in charge of the reactivation of the ELN’s Central War Front in the center of the country years after it had been virtually wiped away following years of military and paramilitary pressure.


The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said in a report that 23 generals and six corporals, including the Colombia’s Armed Forces commander, must be prosecuted for the execution of more than 1,200 civilians.

While Colombia’s authorities and the country’s mass media have mainly focused of the prosecution of the 7,000 demobilized members of guerrilla group FARC, the prosecution of Colombia’s war crime-ridden military is more of a concern in The Hague where the court is located.


Late last week the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa violated its legal obligations to the court in failing to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir when he was attending a summit of the AU in South Africa in 2015.

The court found that it would not be appropriate to refer the matter to either the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute, or to the UN Security Council (UNSC), because this was not considered an effective way to obtain co-operation with the ICC.

The decision, although regrettable, was widely expected.


War crimes prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to launch a full-blown probe into crimes committed in war-torn Afghanistan following “substantial” new information from Kabul, their office said yesterday.

The move comes after Kabul responded to a call by the International Criminal Court’s prosecutors asking for more information about possible crimes committed by Taliban, Afghan government and US military forces — including the CIA — since the US-led invasion more than 15 years ago.


Lebanon's human rights minister called on Thursday for an inquiry into the deaths of four Syrians who the military said had died in army custody from chronic illness.

They were among several hundred people arrested last week in a raid at Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area of northeastern Lebanon on Friday.


The Chilcot inquiry’s conclusion that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations requires the prosecution of Tony Blair, the high court has heard.

In his opening argument calling for a war crimes trial in Britain, Michael Mansfield QC said that the offence of waging an aggressive war has effectively been assimilated into English law.

The attempt to bring Blair – with the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith – to court has been launched by the former Iraqi general Abdulwaheed al-Rabbat.


The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court on Wednesday confirmed the conviction of Zeljko Stanarevic for committing crimes against humanity in the Bihac area in the summer of 1992.

Under the first-instance verdict in April 2016, Stanarevic, a former military policeman with the 15th Bihac Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army, was found guilty of having participated in the murders of at least ten Bosniak civilians in the village of Hrgar near Bihac.


The International Criminal Court has ruled that South Africa should have arrested Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted in connection with war crimes, when he entered the country.

Handing down judgment on Thursday, it said that South Africa's defence, that Bashir has immunity from arrest as head of state, is without basis and against the intention and wording of the Rome Statute.


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed a French legal expert and former judge on Monday to head the UN investigative body that will help document and prosecute the most serious violations of international law in Syria, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel who has been serving as the ombudsperson for the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group and al-Qaeda.