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.
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.