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The Hague court questions Kosovo's outgoing speaker

Dec. 11, 2019 12:20 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's outgoing parliament speaker says he was questioned at a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Speaker Kadri Veseli said late Tuesday that he was questioned for three hours at The Hague court without...

Central African Republic: Alleged militia leaders face trial

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

The International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that two alleged leaders of a predominantly Christian militia involved in a bitter conflict with Muslim forces in the Central African Republic must stand trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom...

Nobel winner Handke not welcome in Sarajevo and Kosovo

Dec. 11, 2019 11:09 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke was on Wednesday proclaimed persona non-grata in the Bosnian capital and in Kosovo for his apologist views toward Serb war crimes during the wars in the 1990s. Sarajevo's regional parliament also denounced the Swedish Academy...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Kosovo prosecutor charges ex-Serb paramilitary of war crimes

Dec. 6, 2019 11:35 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb former police officer suspected of torturing ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, according to a statement released Friday. The suspect, identified only as N.A., was part of reserve forces of Serbian...

Nobel laureate Handke strikes out at questioners

Dec. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Literature Prize laureate Peter Handke has lashed out against journalists asking about his views on the wars in former Yugoslavia. Handke has been widely criticized as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a news conference Friday ahead of...

UK drops torture charges against ex-wife of Liberia's Taylor

Dec. 6, 2019 7:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Friday dismissed torture charges against the ex-wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Agnes Reeves Taylor was arrested in 2017 by the war crimes unit of London's Metropolitan Police and charged with participating in torture in 1990, during Liberia's civil war....

Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Dec. 5, 2019 4:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime. Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister...

Pioneer of foreign government terrorism lawsuits dies at 74

Dec. 3, 2019 12:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allan Gerson, a lawyer who pursued Nazi war criminals and pioneered the practice of suing foreign governments in U.S. courts for complicity to terrorism has died at the age of 74. Gerson died Sunday at his home in Washington, D.C., from complications of the degenerative brain disorder...

Fired Navy Secretary Spencer criticizes Trump in SEAL case

Nov. 28, 2019 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Spencer, who was fired as Navy secretary for his handling of a SEAL war crimes case championed by President Donald Trump, wrote that the commander in chief “has very little understanding” of how the American military works. The extraordinary accusation came in an...