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28 October 2009 by Sebastiaan Gottlieb

Few people expected Radovan Karadzic to show up to the start of his trial on Monday. He had already announced his intention not to attend a few days earlier in a written submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The former President of the Serb Republic in Bosnia stayed away to protest the fact that he hadn't been given more time to prepare his case. The pre-trial and appeals chambers rejected his request for a 10-month postponement earlier this month.

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28 October 2009 by Hermione Gee and Karl Dowling

During Uruguay’s national election Sunday, voters were also asked to decide whether to overturn an existing amnesty law that protects military and police personnel accused of crimes committed during the 1973-1985 military junta.

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28 October 2009 by Santiago O'Donnell and Carlos Montero

A Uruguay court sentenced former military ruler Gregorio Alvarez to 25 years in prison for murder and human rights violations Thursday. He was found guilty of 37 homicides committed during his time as army chief in the 1970s and later as president.

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28 October 2009 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic and Erna Mackic

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) expressed “disappointment” at a decision by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reject a proposal to extend the mandate of international personnel working with the War Crimes Chamber and Organized Crime Department in the country. The October 1st vote means that all international staff will have to leave by the end of the year.

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28 October 2009

Victims outraged at Karadzic adjournment

Few people expected Radovan Karadzic to show up to the start of his trial on Monday. He had already announced his intention not to attend a few days earlier in a written submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The former President of the Serb Republic in Bosnia stayed away to protest the fact that he hadn't been given more time to prepare his case. The pre-trial and appeals chambers rejected his request for a 10-month postponement earlier this month. 

Uruguay confronts its past

A Uruguay court sentenced former military ruler Gregorio Alvarez to 25 years in prison for murder and human rights violations Thursday. He was found guilty of 37 homicides committed during his time as army chief in the 1970s and later as president. 

International judges victims of democracy

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) expressed “disappointment” at a decision by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reject a proposal to extend the mandate of internationalpersonnel working with the War Crimes Chamber and Organized Crime Department in the country. The October 1st vote means that all internationalstaff will have to leave by the end of the year. Although this was part of the court’s original plan, representatives of the State Court warned that the decision threatens the “efficient operation of these institutions.” 

Interview: To forgive and forget?

During Uruguay’s national election Sunday, voters were also asked to decide whether to overturn an existing amnesty law that protects military and police personnel accused of crimes committed during the 1973-1985 military junta. 

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Sierra Leone tribunal upholds sentences for RUF rebels

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leaders Monday in the last ever judgement to be handed down in Freetown. 

ICTY: Sweden releases Biljana Plavsic

Sweden released former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic Tuesday, two-thirds into an 11-year jail term for war crimes, according to the Swedish prison authority. She immediately left Sweden and returned home to Serbia. 

ICC: Darfur hearings

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been hearing evidence against Bahr Idriss Abu Garda on three charges of war crimes for an attack on peacekeepers in Darfur in 2007. 

Alleged génocidaire neither tried nor extradited

Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide, the situation regarding a dozen Rwandans suspects living in France remains deadlocked.

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The International Criminal Court will start confirmation of charges hearings in the case against Darfur rebel leader Abu Garda on Monday 19 October.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A confirmation hearing is held to ensure that no case goes to trial unless there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed the crime with which he has been charged.

Bahr Idriss Abu Garda has the right to attend the hearing or in his absence be represented by counsel.

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The ICTY expressed its concern with the decision by the Bosnian parliament not to extend the mandates of international judges and prosecutors at the State Court and Prosecutor’s Office.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

It is “a very grave matter”, and it must be taken seriously, said tribunal spokesperson Nerma Jelacic at a press conference in The Hague on October 7th.

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Idelphonse Nizeyimana will appear before the ICTR this Wednesday following his arrest in Uganda earlier this month.

By Karl Dowling

Nizeyimana, a prime suspect in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is facing five counts of genocide, or in the alternative, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

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