Latest War crimes News

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...

ICC confirms 1-year jail sentence, fine for Congo’s Bemba

Nov. 27, 2019 11:27 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges have confirmed the one-year prison sentence and 300,000-euro ($330,000) fine imposed on a former Congolese vice president for interfering with witnesses at his war crimes and crimes against humanity trial. In a decision issued...

Yazidi still hears brothers before IS kills them in Iraq

Nov. 26, 2019 8:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A survivor of the mass slaughter of the Yazidi minority in Iraq five years ago told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that he still hears his brothers and nephews calling his name before they were killed by Islamic State extremists — and he hears the screams of his wife and...

‘Frogman against frogman’: Case against SEAL sparks debate

Nov. 26, 2019 4:54 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The war crimes case against a Navy SEAL not only cost the Navy secretary his job. It dragged an elite military force known for quiet professionalism into a political firestorm and drove a wedge through the special operations community. Regardless of their position on the allegations...

The Latest: Trump: I am backing ‘war fighters’ in SEAL case

Nov. 25, 2019 10:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher (all times local): 2:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says “I have to protect our war fighters” as he explains his actions in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Chief Petty...