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Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested several military generals Friday after an unsuccessful coup attempt and said the suspects will face a military court for mutiny charges. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced [CNN report] the coup on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] was in Tanzania at the time the coup was … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, their lawyer, Nigerian human rights activist Femi Falana [The Nation news archive], stated on Thursday. The soldiers were found guilty of mutiny while fighting the insurgent Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] Islamist group, in which the soldiers refused to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov on Monday said on his official Facebook page [Facebook, in Ukrainian] that an arrest warrant has been issued for the country's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich [JURIST news archive], for the mass killings of civilian anti-government protestors. In his statement, Avakhov said that an … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced 14 men to death on Thursday for their involvement in a 2004 arms smuggling operation. Among the individuals sentenced [Al Jazeera report] was Matiur Rahman Nizami [JURIST news archive], the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] party. In addition, the 14 … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive], urged [press release] the Bangladesh government on Wednesday not to carry out the death sentences of 152 paramilitary soldiers [JURIST report] under reports of due process violations leading up to the trial. Pillay claims the soldiers, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court sentenced 152 former members of a paramilitary border security force, the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] Battalion, to death on Tuesday in connection with their participation in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 74 people died, including 57 top political … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities should order a retrial of military personnel involved in the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny due to alleged violations of international fair trial standards, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] in a statement [press release] released Tuesday. According to the advocacy group, the suspects have been … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Police in the Maldives arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday for missing a February 10 court appearance for charges that he illegally detained a judge prior to his resignation last year. Nasheed had taken refuge [Al Jazeera report] in the Indian High Commission in the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Rwandan citizens are being subject to unlawful detention, enforced disappearances and torture at the hands of the country's military intelligence department, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Monday. "Rwanda: Shrouded in Secrecy: Illegal Detention and Torture by Military Intelligence" documents 45 cases of unlawful detention … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Friday received requests to investigate Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official profile] for backing armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Rwandan and Congolese advocacy groups opposed to Kagame's rule have alleged that … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN on Monday released a report [text, PDF] alleging that the Rwandan government has helped to create armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits including children. The group of Experts on the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Rwandan government has helped to create armed groups including M23, which has been conducting a mutiny in North Kivu Province under the leadership of a particularly notorious group of human rights violators, and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits including children, the Foreign Policy [Foreign Policy report] … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Tuesday about the safety of the civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The armed conflict between the government and the M23 movement, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A special military court in Dhaka on Monday convicted 611 of the 621 accused in the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] Battalion for their participation in the February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Only 10 soldiers were acquitted while the remaining soldiers were sentenced to prison … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2012

JURIST Columnist Charles C. Jalloh of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law examines the role of Alternate Judge El Hadji Malick Sow in Charles Taylor's trial and recent conviction and discusses the implications of Sow's decision to publicly disagree with the unanimous verdict issued by the Special Court for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Bangladesh to ensure that those accused of being involved in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] are given fair trials. Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website], a Bangladeshi paramilitary force, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] A judge in the Court of Metropolitan Sessions, a criminal court in Bangladesh, on Wednesday indicted 430 people for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Bangladesh has conducted a series of military and civil trials for the thousands of citizens and soldiers involved … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A Bangladesh military court on Monday sentenced 657 border guards for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The verdict was unprecedented in the number of people convicted [AFP report] at once and brings the total number of soldiers jailed for the mutiny to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The civilian trial of 800 soldiers charged with crimes stemming from their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] began Wednesday in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka. The soldiers were charged [AFP report] in July with crimes including murder, conspiracy and looting military weapons, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A Philippines military court dismissed mutiny charges Tuesday against seven officers allegedly involved in the February 2006 coup attempt [BBC report] against former president Gloria Macapagl-Arroyo [BBC profile]. The seven-member military tribunal determined there was insufficient evidence [Inquirer report] to charge the seven junior officers with committing "overt acts" … [read more]

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