19 January 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Norwegian Killer Breivik Begins Parole Hearing With Nazi Salute
U.S. News, 19 Jan 2022

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave a Nazi salute on Tuesday as he arrived in court for a parole hearing that will decide if he should be released after spending more than a decade behind bars. Breivik, a far-right extremist, killed 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity in July 2011. He killed eight with a car bomb in Oslo and then gunned down 69, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp.

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Syrian doctor on trial in Germany for crimes against humanity
France 24, 19 Jan 2022

A Syrian doctor goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday accused of crimes against humanity including torture and murder while working at military hospitals, in the latest European case against loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Alaa M., 36, who arrived in Germany in 2015 and practised medicine there until his arrest, faces 18 counts of torturing detainees in Homs and Damascus in 2011-12, including setting fire to a teenage boy's genitals.

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Israeli police under fire over reported use of Pegasus to hack Israelis
Reuters, 18 Jan 2022

Israel's parliament will seek an explanation from police over the force's reported use of a controversial hacking tool against citizens of the country, a senior legislator said on Tuesday. Calcalist said the police used it against targets including anti-government protest leaders, sometimes without the required court warrants. The report added a new domestic angle to global pressure on Israel following allegations that Pegasus has been abused by some foreign client governments to spy on human rights activists, journalists and politicians.

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Malta accused of crimes against humanity in The Hague
Newsbook, 18 Jan 2022

 Malta and Italy have been accused of supporting crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) by coordinating pushbacks of asylum seekers at sea. Three international organisations accused Libyan militias of committing war crimes against migrants in detention centres and included Malta and Italy in their complaint for their support to Tripoli’s coast guard.

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Torture complaint filed against new president of Interpol
The Guardian, 18 Jan 2022

A lawyer representing a jailed human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates has filed a torture complaint against the new president of Interpol, Maj Gen Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, as the official made his first visit to the international police agency’s headquarters in the French city of Lyon. Separately, lawyers for two Britons who had accused al-Raisi of torture filed a criminal complaint Tuesday with investigative judges of the specialised judicial unit for crimes against humanity and war crimes of the Paris Tribunal.

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UN rights office decries Ethiopia air strikes, says 108 killed this month
Reuters, 15 Jan 2022

The U.N. human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday expressed alarm at "multiple, deeply disturbing reports" of air strikes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, saying at least 108 civilians had been killed since the start of January. Liz Throssell, an OHCHR spokesperson, described numerous attacks, including on a private minibus, an airport and a camp for displaced people, saying that at least 59 people died in the camp strike, making it the most lethal one.

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Bosnian Court Rejects Crimes Against Humanity Indictment Twice
Balkans Insight, 14 Jan 2022

The Bosnian state court has rejected for a second time the prosecution’s indictment of Milenko Stanic, who was the wartime president of the Serb-led Crisis Committee in Vlasenica in eastern Bosnia and later head of the wartime presidency of the municipality. The indictment was initially filed in November and then rejected by the state court the following month. It was then refiled in December and rejected again by the court the same month.

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German court sentences former Syrian colonel to life in prison
Aljazeera, 13 Jan 2022

A German court has sentenced Anwar Raslan, a former Syrian colonel, to life in prison for committing crimes against humanity at a jail in Damascus a decade ago. Thursday’s landmark ruling by the state court in Koblenz marks a first step towards justice for countless Syrians who suffered abuse at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s government during the years-long war.

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