National Prosecutions


A civil court in northern Shan State on Tuesday sentenced a Burmese government soldier to 13 years in prison for raping a minor.


At a regular review process, which all member states undergo, the US and UK envoys to the UNHRC urged Egypt to free political prisoners and investigate alleged abuses by security forces.


The Bosnian state prosecution on Friday charged Josip Relota, a former member of the Nikola Subic-Zrinski Brigade of the Croatian Defence Council, with killing three Bosniak civilians in a house in Busovaca and severely wounding one other person in January 1993.

“After having left the house, Relota threw a bomb through the window. The bomb exploded inside the house,” the prosecution said.

Relota, who lives in Busovaca, has not been remanded in custody, and has both Bosnian and Croatian citizenship.

The indictment has been sent to the state court for confirmation.


Police have arrested a 73-year-old man in Dunmurry, on the outskirts of Belfast, in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.


Three members of Guatemala’s now-defunct National Police will face a criminal trial for the assassination of an agent who was investigating the murder of anthropologist Myrna Mack in the 1990s, according to a source in the Guatemalan justice system.


On October 26, 2014, Ms. Yara Sallam and Ms. Sanaa Seif, who have been held in pre-trial detention since their arrest on June 21 without grounds or justification, were sentenced along 21 other protesters to three years in prison, an additional three years of police surveillance, a 10,000 EGP fine (1,000 euros), and repayment for property damages they allegedly caused.


An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister have both been given life sentences for running a detention and torture centre in the 1970s.


Retired Chilean army colonel Cristián Labbé, an outspoken defender of General Augusto Pinochet, was arrested on Monday.

Labbé was charged with being part of a conspiracy in the kidnapping and homicide of 13 prisoners. Another nine military officials were charged, some of whom are already in custody for a variety of human rights crimes.


The families reacted angrily following a meeting with the PSNI on Wednesday night.