Week 52 ICL Media Review

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Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 11:25

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In this week's review, news about extraditing Rwandan genocide suspects, a former Bosnian minister and police officers indicted for killings of Serb soldiers, and a former Syrian opposition fighter charged in Sweden

 

Rwanda Cabinet supports new measure to aid extradition of genocide suspects from Congo-Brazzaville

On 30 December it was reported that the Cabinet of the Republic of Rwanda authorised a bill concerning the extradition of those suspected and convicted of crimes between the Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.   The bill, intended to aid the extradition of genocide suspects, was drafted by the Ministry of Justice, and will now go before Parliament. Faustin Nkusi, the spokesperson of the National Prosecution Authority, is quoted as stating that “We have sent 11 extradition requests to Congo-Brazzaville. They were sent on different occasions whenever preparation of each suspect’s file was complete. The treaty is a good move and we look forward to what will transpire.” (The New Times)

Four charged in Bosnia over crimes against Serb prisoners

Prosecutors in Bosnia have charged four over the execution of eight Serb soldiers during the siege of Sarajevo from 1992-1995.   Those charged included Jusuf Pusina, former Bosnian Interior Minister, and Bragan Vikic, former police commander and other former police officers, including Nermin Uzunovic and Mladen Covcic.  Vikic and another police officer were charged with “failing to arrest, process and sanction” those responsible for the killing of the eight Serb soldiers who were killed after their armour personnel carrier broke down outside Sarajevo, while two other officers were indicted for their participation in the killings. (Fox News, VOA, Sputnik)

Swedish Prosecutor’s office charges former Syrian opposition fighter

On 29 December, the Swedish Prosecutor’s office stated that it had charged a former Syrian opposition fighter with violations of international law.  The suspect, who was arrested in March, is charged in relation to the killing of seven soldiers loyal to President Bashar, after the suspect was present in a video of the executions. Prosecutor Kristina Lindhoff Carleson stated that the “soldiers were captured and defenseless when this happened” and should have been protected from execution by international human rights law. (reuters)

 

ICL Media Review is an independent UK Small Charity, which aims to provide a daily survey of news and developments affecting international criminal law and international human rights in a neutral and impartial manner.

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