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Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic was indicted Friday for war crimes committed during Croatia's war of independence. Vasilikovic was indicted in Croatia six months after being extradited from Australia. The 61-year-old holds [ABC report] dual Serbian-Australian citizenship. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] formally closed Thursday [UN News Centre report] after issuing 45 judgments. The ICTR, established in 1994, was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts against those guilty of committing genocide. Within its 21 years, the ICTR sentenced 61 extremists to terms … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] agents on Thursday announced the arrest [press release] of Rwandan genocide suspect, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a USD $5 million bounty [BBC report]. Ntaganzwa, who was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] for genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Monday urged [press release] states to reexamine their unilateral coercive measures (UCMs) imposed on Sudan, which impact innocents instead of political elites. Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, asserted that UCMs adversely impact the enjoyment of human rights. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] during his … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Benjamin G. Davis of University of Toledo College of Law
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin G. Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law discusses the recent decision in Meshal v. Higgenbotham... In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Parliament [official website] voted 342-274 on Thursday to approve [press release] a resolution encouraging its member countries not to extradite Edward Snowden [BBC profile] to the US. In an affirmative act passed by a vote of 285-281, Parliament also called upon its member states to drop all criminal … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez of Spain's National Court [CJA backgrounder] charged five suspected leaders of the Basque separatist movement Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder] Tuesday with crimes against humanity for their participation in the 2004 attacks that left 12 people dead. Specifically, the group is alleged to have … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Spain [official website, in Spanish] on Thursdayupheld the dismissal [press release, in Spanish] of a case investigating the Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive]. Spain modified its universal jurisdiction laws last year, and the court refused to lift the reform requirements (Art. 23, Organic Law 1/2014) … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC report] was indicted Thursday for forgery, complicity in tax evasion and money laundering. Four others were also indicted in the case [Cotidianul report, in Romanian], which will be sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice [official website, in Romanian]. Ponta was … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A court in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday refused extradition requests for a Rwandan man facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Joseph Habyarimana allegedly incited the murder of monks when he worked in a monastery in 1994. Authorities accuse Habyarimana of identifying Tutsi monks to killers. The court … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Saturday upheld the convictions of two men for the killing of two Americans in 1973. The Appeals Court of Santiago affirmed [AP report] the seven-year sentence of General Pedro Espinoza Bravo and the two-year sentence of Rafael Gonzalez Berdugo. The men were charged after … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ordered the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization [official websites] to post USD $10 million in bond or cash while they appeal a finding [JURIST report] that they supported the … [read more]


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
1 Aug 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Mexican judge temporarily suspended a US extradition order on Friday for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman [US State Department backgrounder], even though the federal attorney general's office had approved the order earlier that day. No reason was given for the suspension [Reuters report]. Guzman, a notorious drug … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] on Monday was charged with fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. The charges [DAWN report] date back as far as 2007 before he was prime minister and the court has seized property of his pending the outcome of the case. He has … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Albert Scherr of University of New Hampshire School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Albert E. Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law discusses four outcomes of the FIFA scandal in the context of international criminal law... The FIFA scandal has dominated recent international sports news. As FIFA's annual conference was about to begin, the US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed the indictment [document, PDF] of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited [Reuters report] to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead … [read more]

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