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Former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Thirith, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and breaches of the Geneva Conventions, appears at a pretrial hearing at the Cambodia tribunal in 2010. (Photo: Flickr/ECCC POOL/Tang Chhin Sothy)
20 May 2015

IJT 182 explores how so-called chivalrous beliefs and practices may be behind the rare prosecution of female war crimes suspects.

Other features:

  • A tug-of-war between Uganda and DRC over the extradition of Jamil Mukulu highlights trouble with judicial cooperation in Africa.
  • Colombian and Guatemalan survivors of sexual violence during their countries' armed conflicts fight for justice.
  • The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement tries to excise Balkan suspects of war crimes.

News brief:

  • A trial date for Chadian ex-dictator Hissène Habré has finally been set.
     
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A UN peacekeeper patrols the Beni region in eastern DRC, near the Ugandan border (Flickr/UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti)
17 May 2015 by Samuel Egadu Okiror, Kampala (Uganda)

The dispute between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over Jamil Mukulu, leader of Uganda’s Islamist rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who was arrested last month in Tanzania, has exposed a lack of concerted regional effort in pursuing justice and accountability.

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23 December 2009 by -

Almost three months after his arrest, Transavia pilot Julio Poch is still sitting in a Spanish prison, awaiting his next destination. A Dutch judge ruled last week that the Netherlands does not have to ask Spain to extradite him, meaning Poch will probably stand trial in Argentina.

The Buenos Aires-born pilot is charged with human rights abuses committed during Argentina’s military dictatorship that ruled from 1976 to 1983.

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19 December 2005 by -

Argentine federal Judge Urso ruled last week that Argentina's extradition law applies to Milan Lukic, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and arrested in Buenos Aires on August 8 [IJT-36]. This means that the former Serbian paramilitary leader may not be transferred to the ICTY unless it guarantees that Lukic will not be handed over to Sarajevo. Argentina's 1993 penal extradition law states that the requesting country must meet certain terms. Judge Urso ruled that this also applies to the ICTY.

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21 November 2005 by -

Guy Theunis, a Belgian priest whom Rwanda accuses of participating
in the 1994 genocide, and who was arrested on 6 September when his plane made a stop-over in Kigali [IJT-31], has been handed over to the Belgian authorities for trial. Father Theunis arrived in Brussels on 20 November, after the Rwandan High Court of Justice approved an extradition agreement between the two countries.

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21 November 2005 by -

Will former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré be extradited from Senegal to Belgium, which wants to try him? The criminal division of the Dakar appeals court heard Habré's testimony on November 18, three days after his arrest. It will render its decision on November 22. However, the Xinhua agency reports that doubts have been lingering ever since Senegalese president Abdulaye Wade told journalists on November 16, "I could not do anything [to extradite Habré+ without consulting my colleagues from the African Union." Some African Heads of State fear a domino effect.

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23 January 2006 by -

On January 11, Argentinean federal judge Jorge Urso ordered the transfer of Milan Lukic to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [IJT-36-38].

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24 September 2007 by -

On Saturday, September 22, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori flew from Santiago, Chile to Lima. The day before, the five judges of the Chilean Supreme Court rendered a unanimous judgment, retaining seven charges justifying extradition—five involving corruption and two for human rights violations committed in Peru. The decision overturned a lower court ruling in favor of Fujimori. "This is an unprecedented decision that goes beyond Peru and Chile," said human rights lawyer Francisco Soberon.

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21 September 2010 by -

The French appeals court in Versailles on September 15th rejected a request by Rwanda to extradite a doctor wanted on suspicion of taking part in the 1994 genocide, ruling that he would not be guaranteed a fair trial. He was subsequently released.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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23 January 2006 by -

On January 3, the Peruvian government formally asked Chilean authorities to extradite former President Alberto Fujimori [IJT-30-36]. The Peruvian authorities submitted more than 10,000 pages of documents to support the 12 charges in the extradition request. The most serious charges involve the murders of 15 people in Lima in 1991 and the assassination of nine students and a professor from Lima's teacher-training college, La Cantuta, the following year.

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