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June 8, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court told the Security Council on Thursday that Sudan had shown no signs that it would hand over a senior official and a militia leader charged with war crimes, and he asked the council to increase pressure on the regime. His first report to the U.N.
June 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Bosnian Serb general was arrested on the border between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, police said. Zdravko Tolimir, indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal, was a top aide to Gen. Ratko Mladic during the slaughter of up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica in 1995. Olga Kavran, the spokeswoman for the chief U.N.
March 2, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon filed a war crimes charge against Australian David Hicks on Thursday, making the former kangaroo skinner the first target of new military commissions designed by the White House and endorsed by Congress to try terrorism suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
February 26, 2007
Re "Crimes of politics," editorial, Feb. 22 Your frivolous editorial has the following laughable secondary headline: "Many members of Afghanistan's parliament are alleged war criminals. But the nation isn't ready to try them." When will the media develop the backbone and journalistic integrity to announce the more apt statement: "Many members of the Bush administration, including the president himself, are alleged war criminals. But a supine Congress isn't ready to try any of them."
February 22, 2007
HOW DOES A government prosecute people for crimes against humanity when the suspects happen to be running the government? That's the question facing Afghanistan, where men suspected of horrifying acts of rape and murder sit in parliament and hold other high offices. The question of what to do about these suspected mass killers heated up Tuesday when the upper house of Afghanistan's parliament passed a resolution calling for amnesty for those accused of war crimes.
January 5, 2007 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
A federal immigration judge has ordered the removal of a retired Wisconsin sausage maker who slipped into this country half a century ago by hiding his past as a Nazi prison camp guard, authorities said Thursday. Josias Kumpf was the 100th former Nazi in the U.S. to be prosecuted by the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations.
December 26, 2006 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
The tip came in an e-mail from the home office in Los Angeles, the headquarters of a human rights organization that promotes tolerance around the world. It sent Efraim Zuroff and an informal network of associates on a hunt from Jerusalem to Scotland to Hungary. In Budapest, they found the subject of their search: Sandor Kepiro, a frail old man living quietly across the street from a synagogue. Zuroff wanted him thrown in jail for crimes committed in 1942.
September 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Richard Gere said he hopes his new film, "Spring Break in Bosnia," will raise questions about why those wanted for the Balkans' worst wartime atrocities remain at large. The movie, directed by Richard Shepard, is being shot in Bosnia and Croatia. It tells the story of a pair of journalists (Gere and Terrence Howard) searching for a war crimes suspect. Although fictional, the character bears a close resemblance to one of the Balkans' last top suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.
August 28, 2006
Re "A Legend of Words Is Toppled by His Own," Aug. 24 The reason Gunter Grass kept his military service in World War II quiet is to avoid exactly the reaction in The Times' story. Grass was a 17-year-old kid in 1944 and was drafted into the Waffen SS of the German army. Anyone who has served in the military should have some idea about how little is communicated to an entry-level private in the army. Grass did what mostly all of us draftees in the world did at that time (or any other time)
August 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Rwandan immigrant accused of ordering the killing of Tutsis dragged out of an ambulance during the 1994 genocide has been arrested and charged with war crimes and torture, a prosecution spokeswoman said. Prosecutors identified the man as 38-year-old Joseph M. and said his brother, identified as Obed R., had been sentenced to 25 years in prison on a genocide conviction at an international tribunal. The suspect briefly appeared before a court at The Hague and will be tried in the Netherlands.
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