Phnom Penh court accused of poor management
Despite some recent progress, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has come under bracing public scrutiny for administrative and leadership failures on both the national and international sides of this unique hybrid tribunal. Two stark assessments — one by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the other by two UN experts — have leaked out to the public over the last two weeks and put the tribunal under increasing pressure to reform.
Preparing for battle in the Fujimori trials
On October 4, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori's first appearance before Judge Pedro Urbina was postponed. But with the accused now safely held on a police base in Lima, defense and prosecution attorneys are preparing their strategies for his upcoming trials on corruption and human rights abuses.
Lenient verdict for the “Vukovar Three”
On September 27, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Mile Mrksic, former colonel in the Yugoslavian army, to 20 years in prison for aiding and abetting the torture and murder of 200 people, mostly Croats, at the Ovcara farm, near Vukovar, Croatia. Veselin Slivancanin received 5 years in prison for aiding and abetting torture, whereas Captain Miroslav Radic was acquitted, due to lack of evidence. Despite the judges' precautions, the verdict against the "Vukovar Three" provoked outrage among Croats.
Brussels to "clean up" Burmese proceedings against Total
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