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Legal News
10 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

A UK court on Monday dismissed a Spanish extradition request for Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake. Karake had been detained since his June arrest [JURIST report] at a London airport, and the court ordered [Reuters report] his release. A European Arrest Warrant [materials] for Karake was … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

London's Metropolitan Police [official website] announced Tuesday that it has arrested Rwanda National Intelligence and Security Services head Karenzi Karake on an international warrant for war crimes. The European Arrest Warrant [materials] was issued in 2008 [JURIST report] by Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu for Karake's alleged role [El … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jan 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Fernando Andreu [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued a writ to pursue an investigation against Iraqi Lieutenant General Abdol Hossein Al Shemmari for allegedly ordering a July 2009 strike against Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf in which 11 unarmed civilians were killed, 36 were detained … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2010
by Tara Tighe

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday upheld a National Court decision suspending an investigation into a 2002 Israeli air force bombing in the Gaza Strip. The attack killed 15 people, including 14 civilians. The investigation was ordered in January 2009 after a National Court judge … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A panel for Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] on Tuesday ordered an end to the investigation [JURIST report] of alleged crimes against humanity committed by Israel in a 2002 attack on the Gaza Strip [NYT backgrounder]. The court reversed a May order [order, PDF, in Spanish; JURIST report] by … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court [CJA backgrounder] judge on Monday ordered [text, PDF, in Spanish] investigations to continue into alleged crimes against humanity committed in a 2002 Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip [El Pais report, in Spanish; JURIST report], despite heavy criticism from Spanish politicians and prosecutors. Last month, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Spain is considering legislation to limit the the scope of universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder] applied by the country's National Court [CJA backgrounder], according to Spanish media reports [CadenaSer report, in Spanish] Sunday. If adopted, the Reform of the Judiciary Act would limit the court's jurisdiction over war crimes and genocide charges … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Spanish foreign minister Miguel Moratinos [official profile] has said he will push for legislation limiting the country's universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder] policies to prevent the investigation of Israeli officials, according to Friday statements [Ynet report] by Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni [official profile]. The pledge follows a decision by … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A judge for the National Court of Spain ordered [text, PDF in Spanish] an investigation Thursday of former Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer [official profile] and six soldiers under his command for alleged crimes against humanity committed in a 2002 attack in the Gaza Strip. Judge Fernando Andreu issued … [read more]

Academic Commentary
6 Mar 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law, lead defense counsel in the Military-1 Trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and president of the Association des Avocats de la Defence (ADAD), the ICTR defense lawyers association, says that a recent UN-sanctioned agreement to turn … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda [official website] Monday urged the international community and Interpol [official website] to ignore arrest warrants [JURIST report] issued last week for 40 Rwandan military officers by Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu, saying the warrants were based on "falsehoods" from … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu Wednesday indicted 40 members of the Rwandan military on genocide and terrorism charges stemming from crimes allegedly committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] that claimed some 800,000 lives. Andreu reportedly began investigating the Rwandan case in 2005 and indicated … [read more]

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