National Prosecutions


A former Guatemalan police chief has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the 1980 deadly raid on the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City.


Two investigations have been ordered into the withholding and destruction of evidence connected to one of the so-called shoot-to-kill incidents of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.


Former President Hosni Mubarak embezzled $17.5 million for personal expenses during his last eight years in power, according to billing statements cited as evidence in his only criminal conviction still standing: $5,455 for four La-Z-Boy recliners, $6,336 on a marble mosaic for a son’s bathroom, $2,018 for a chess set, and hundreds of other items.


Tunisian efforts to ensure accountability for unlawful killings committed during the uprising four years ago were blighted by legal and investigative problems and failed to deliver justice for the victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Apart from the life sentence imposed on former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who remains abroad, a lengthy process before military courts resulted in lenient sentences or acquittals for those accused of causing the deaths of protesters.


The Bosnian state court on Thursday confirmed the indictment of Bosnian Serb lawmaker Vasic and two other former police officials from Zvornik for taking part in the Srebrenica genocide in July 1995.


At a high level consultation in Kigali, Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) in partnership with Aegis Trust today unveiled a plan to preserve, digitise and make accessible the documents and audiovisual files created through the Gacaca Courts.


Egypt has referred 312 Islamist backers of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to military trial accused of torching a court complex in the city of Ismailiya, a judicial source said Tuesday.


MPs and civil society actors have appealed to Government to expedite the formulation of a policy on transitional justice to promote judicial and non-judicial measures in addressing the past human rights violations in northern Uganda.


A Chilean coalition member said forced disappearances were a memory from Chile’s dark past under Pinochet at a meeting with human rights observers in Mexico.