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Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case … [read more]

Legal News
14 Mar 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday confirmed the indictment [press release, in Croatian] of a former police officer for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. Bozidar Kuvelja was ordered into custody [press release, in Croatian] in January and has been charged … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Austrian authorities announced Friday they have arrested former Bosnian general Jovan Divjak under a 2008 international warrant issued by Serbian officials that accuses Divjak of war crimes. Divjak was arrested Thursday night at Vienna International Airport while traveling from Sarajevo to Italy, and he appeared Friday morning before a … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Croatian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Croatian] on Wednesday asked France to extradite [Hrvatska report, in Croatian] former Serb paramilitary fighter Milorad Momic, according to a report by state television. Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in France, was arrested last week in … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] French authorities announced Tuesday the identity of a Serbian man arrested a day earlier and suspected of participating in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive] in Bosnia, where a total of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed. Milorad Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Nine former ethnic Albanian guerrillas have been sentenced to a total of 101 years in prison [Reuters report] for killings committed after the Kosovo war [JURIST news archive] ended. Belgrade's War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Senior Court said [press release, PDF] that the 1999 killings of 32 … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The War Crimes Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade on Wednesday sentenced [press release; PDF] former paramilitary officer Zeljko Djukic to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the deaths of 14 civilians in March 1999 during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Djukic, … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A Serbian appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and sentences of three members of Serbia's "Scorpion" paramilitary group for the death of 14 civilians in March 1999 during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court demanded a retrial for a fourth member of the … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] on Thursday convicted [judgment, DOC, in Serbian] four former members of a Serbian paramilitary group [case materials, in Serbian] for the killings of 14 Kosovo Albanians in 1999, handing down sentences ranging from 15 to 20 … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Serbia's war crimes court has charged four former members of a notorious Serbian paramilitary organization with war crimes stemming from their alleged involvement in a 1999 massacre of ethnic Albanian civilians in the Kosovar village of Podujevo, the Serbian prosecutor's office said Monday. The four suspects, alleged to be … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] South African politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] launched a legal challenge Tuesday in the South African Constitutional Court [official website] seeking to have evidence excluded from his upcoming corruption trial. Zuma argued that evidence seized in 2005 raids by the Directorate of Special Investigations [official backgrounder; … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] South African Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula [official profile] on Tuesday introduced in parliament a proposal to dissolve the Directorate of Special Investigations [official backgrounder; BBC report], also known as "The Scorpions," a special agency in South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] that has been in … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Serbian police arrested four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group suspected of crimes committed in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] during Serbia's 1998-1999 war with ethnic Albanian separatists, the Serbian Interior Ministry announced [press release, in Serbian] Friday. Several members of the Scorpions, one of the most brutal paramilitary groups … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Serbia's war crimes court found four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group guilty of murder Tuesday for their role in the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica [JURIST news archive]. The charges [JURIST report] were based on video footage [JURIST video; JURIST report] shot by the four men … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] A Croatian court in Zagreb Thursday sentenced former "Scorpions" paramilitary member Slobodan Davidovic to 15 years in prison Thursday for his involvement in the summer 1995 Srebrenica massacre [backgrounder; BBC timeline]. Davidovic and five other paramilitary members were arrested in June [JURIST report] after they were identified in a … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The trial of five former members of a Serbian paramilitary group charged with the videotaped execution of six Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] began in Belgrade Tuesday. The five defendants, members of the Scorpions, were arrested [JURIST report] in June after a … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Serbia charged five members of a paramilitary group, the Scorpions, Friday for their roles in the Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 1995. They and several others were arrested [JURIST report] in June after a video [JURIST video] showing them executing six Bosnian Muslims was broadcast on … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Croatia on Friday arrested 10 people suspected of committing war crimes against Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s. The arrests were made in eastern Croatia, an area with a large ethnic Serb population and where several former members of the Serb paramilitary group Scorpions live; they follow Monday's Croat detention … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A man identified from a graphic video [JURIST Monitor file] shot during the Srebrenica [BBC timeline] massacre of Bosnian Muslims in 1995 was arrested on Monday in Croatia. Slobodan Davidovic had recently admitted to the New York Times [New York Times report] that he was part of a paramilitary … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jun 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] UN war crimes prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] introduced evidence Tuesday that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile] used his police forces to directly control a brutal Serbian paramilitary group called "Scorpions" said to be responsible for the killings of Bosnian … [read more]

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