February 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander made his first appearance before the ICC at the end of January. Ongwen is ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina FernŠndez de Kirchner that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday upheld the trial chamber's decision to acquit Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, a Congolese man accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of leading a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Swedish court sentenced Syrian refugee Mouhannad Droub to five years in prison after convicting him of abusing a captured member of President Bashar Assad's forces. Droub was part of a group under the Free Syrian Army, where he and other members beat a prisoner and posted a video of the abuse on ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of South Korea on Thursday decriminalized extramarital affairs. The 7-2 decision held as unconstitutional a 1953 law that made marital infidelity punishable by jail. South Korea was one of only three Asian countries to criminally ban adultery, and the law was presented to the ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by William Helbling
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. The 81-year-old ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by William Helbling
A Bangladesh court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and former prime minister Khaleda Zia. The arrest warrant comes in response to Zia's failure to appear in court in the two corruption cases presently against her. The charges brought ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A 94-year-old man will stand trial in Germany for 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations of serving in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. Prosecutors stated that the man was a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in an SS hospital in Auschwitz. As a medic, the ...[read more]

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