National Prosecutions

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).

7/20/2017

International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals judges have ordered a review into whether Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president, should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues on crimes-against-humanity charges.

Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski on Wednesday struck down a decision by trial judges denying the 72-year-old Gbagbo interim release.

Gbagbo has been in The Hague-based ICC's detention unit since late 2011 and will remain jailed pending the review.

7/19/2017

When the Nuremberg War Trial began more than 70 years ago, it marked a watershed moment in international law. For the first time, an international tribunal held a trial for the punishment for crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and conspiracy to commit these crimes.

7/19/2017

The European Union (EU) will allocate 1.5 million euro for the work of an independent commission created by the decision of the UN General Assembly to investigate war crimes in Syria, statement issued by the European Commission on July 19 said.

"As the European Union, we reaffirm our commitment and support to the Syrian people, as well as the political process under the auspices of the United Nations, aimed at political settlement of the crisis," TASS quoted EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogerini.

7/14/2017

Bring General Rios Montt and other high ranking members of the military to trial in the Guatemalan courts for genocide? In 1999 it was a noble dream for justice, but one with little apparent possibility of ever coming true. On International Justice Day, walk the long path to justice that led to this historic trial.

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