National Prosecutions

4/18/2018

The nation’s counterterrorism law allows the death penalty for anyone “who commits, incites, plans, finances or assists in acts of terrorism.”

So, Iraqi courts are meting out one-size-fits-all punishment for the perpetrator of crimes against humanity as well for as the wife of an Islamic State fighter who may have had little say in her husband’s career.

4/11/2018

The UN court in The Hague partially overturned Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj’s acquittal on appeal and jailed him for 10 years for wartime crimes in Serbia - although he will not serve any prison time.

4/11/2018

The Bosnian court will hear an appeal next month against the war crimes acquittal of the Bosnian Army’s former commander in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, who was cleared of killing Serb captives.

The state prosecution will present its appeal on May 8, asking the court to quash the acquittal and convict Naser Oric and his subordinate Sabahudin Muhic, or send the case for a retrial.

4/5/2018

Thousands of Brazilians demonstrated on Tuesday (April 2) in favour of prison for former president and election frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling on whether he should start serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

Up to 20,000 people turned out after work in the country's biggest city Sao Paulo, as well as a few thousand in Rio de Janeiro and smaller numbers in other cities.

4/5/2018

An Islamist militant suspected of war crimes in Mali appeared before the International Criminal Court on Wednesday but did not address the allegations against him, instead complaining about the conditions of his detention.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant against Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud for crimes allegedly committed while serving as de facto chief of religious police after his jihadist group seized control of the Malian city of Timbuktu in 2012.

4/2/2018

In a deal with the prosecution at his trial, former Yugoslav People’s Army officer Milan Pavlovic admitted to shelling the Croatian town of Sibenik in 1991 in return for a four-and-a-half-year sentence.

At a county court hearing in the Croatian coastal city of Split on Tuesday, former Yugoslav People’s Army, JNA officer Milan Pavlovic admitted the accusations against him listed in the indictment as part of a plea bargain.

3/26/2018

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday stripped a celebrated former military pilot and presidential hopeful of her immunity as a lawmaker, sanctioning her arrest on charges of plotting an attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons.

Nadiya Savchenko was served a summons minutes after the parliamentary session, where she denounced the Ukrainian government for “killing and dividing” the Ukrainian people.

A court was to consider putting her in custody later in the day.

3/19/2018

Due to lack of evidence, Macedonia’s Special Prosecution, dropped all charges against ethnic Albanian villagers accused of planting a mine that killed two NATO soldiers in 2003, ending their long judicial ordeal.

Macedonia’s Special Prosecution said on Monday that it is dropping all charges against 11 ethnic Albanian residents of the north-eastern village of Sopot who were being retried for allegedly planting a mine in 2003 that killed two Polish NATO soldiers and one Macedonian civilian.

3/19/2018

In a severe legal blow to Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s former president, national prosecutors announced on Friday that they would reinstate corruption charges against him in a case related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s.

Shaun Abrahams, South Africa’s chief prosecutor, said there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution” of Mr. Zuma.

3/19/2018

Documentation efforts in Syria initially aimed to collect evidence for future prosecutions. Seven years later, however, these innovative strategies have created new avenues for justice, writes Fernando Travesí, of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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