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Polish Soldiers Acquitted of War Crimes for Nangar Khel Incident
April 20, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Milena Sterio of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law discusses the recent acquittal of Polish soldiers connected to the incident at Nangar Khel ... In a recent ruling, a Warsaw military court acquitted four Polish soldiers of war crimes over the killing of six civilians in Afgh....... [more]

Colombia government amends legislation to limit military court power
April 16, 2015
The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, w....... [more]

Pakistan top court halts executions on constitutional grounds
April 16, 2015
The Supreme Court of Paksitan suspended all death sentences on Thursday rendered by the country's new military tribunal after the Supreme Court Bar Association challenged the constitutional amendment that created the tribunals. This move directly affects six prisoners who faced imminent executions ....... [more]

Egypt prosecutor refers 187 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to military court
April 5, 2015
An Egyptian prosecutor referred 187 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to a military court on Sunday. The supporters are accused of killing police officers while storming a Maghagha police station in the southern province of Minya in August 2013, only weeks after the removal of former president Mohamed M....... [more]

Pakistan military court sentences 6 to death for terrorism
April 2, 2015
The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnappi....... [more]

Amnesty: Gambia must not execute 3 sentenced to death for attempted coup
April 2, 2015
A military court in Gambia secretly sentenced three soldiers to death on Monday for an attempted coup d'état, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. Three other soldiers were sentenced to life in prison. All media was banned from observing the proceedings. AI claims the death sentences are....... [more]

Thailand military court sentences man to 25 years for defaming monarchy
April 1, 2015
A military court in Thailand Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison for posting messages critical of the Thai royal family on Facebook. Theinsutham Suthijittaseranee was found guilty of five counts of of lèse majesté, with each count garnering a 10-year sentence. The sentence was r....... [more]

Obama's Gitmo Regrets Abound: The 9/11 Military Commission-Two Observers' Perspectives
March 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have close....... [more]

Poland court clears soldiers of Afghanistan war crimes
March 20, 2015
A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions, which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to soldi....... [more]

Thailand man sentenced to 18 months under lese-majeste laws
March 20, 2015
The Bangkok Military Court on Friday sentenced 67-year-old Opas Chansuksai to 18 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the nation's lese majeste laws. Chansuksai was arrested for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej in bathroom graffitti last October, and later confessed to the charges. Obs....... [more]

Thailand activists face military court in landmark case
March 16, 2015
Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on March....... [more]




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