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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.
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.
June 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Moscow has handed over Dragan Zelenovic, a Bosnian Serb wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal on rape and torture charges, to Bosnia, Interfax news agency reported, citing an unnamed official source. Carla Del Ponte, prosecutor for the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, had accused Moscow of dragging its feet in the case of Zelenovic, a former police officer.
May 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Masked police backed by helicopters searched a western Serbian town as part of a hunt for U.N. war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, local media reported. The Beta news agency reported that police arrested two people in a three-hour search of Valjevo, about 50 miles southwest of Belgrade.
May 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A European Union deadline for Serbia to surrender war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic expired with no sign of the former army commander. Officials pledged to keep hunting Mladic, who was indicted by a U.N. court in the 1995 slaughter of as many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. If it does not hand over Mladic, Serbia's pre-membership talks with the EU may be suspended.
April 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Hague war crimes tribunal declared former Yugoslav army officer Vladimir Kovacevic unfit to stand trial because of mental illness. Kovacevic, arrested in Serbia in 2003, was charged with six counts of violating the laws and customs of war, including murder and cruel treatment, during the Serb shelling of the historic Croatian town of Dubrovnik in 1991.
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