this article from Pagina Siete. Supporters are on a hunger strike.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
|Commodore Kevin Keat, RNZN|
[I]n a 71-page decision yesterday, Justice Jillian Mallon, on behalf of the appeal court, said [trial judge Chris] Hodson [QC] had failed to properly direct the three-person military panel at Keat's court martial on the issue of his state of mind, and had failed to properly summarise the defence case.
[Commodore Kevin] Keat's convictions were quashed as a result, but the appeal court was unable to say whether or not they would have been proven if the correct process had been followed.
Here's the one for July verdicts and sentences.
|Recruit training in the Canadian military|
On August 13, 2014 the Canadian [French-speaking] media reported on the results of an interview aired the same day with James Robichaud who complained of having been assaulted in October 2009 by one of his instructors during recruit training. The assault left him with a host of permanent physical injuries to his feet, ankles, Achilles tendons, calf muscles, both knees and left shoulder. Robichaud explained that the assault, which was thoroughly investigated by the military police, has yet to result in concrete action by the Director of Military Prosecutions which has failed to also keep him informed as to the reason(s) for such a long delay.
Robichaud detailed how he was subject to threats and a continuous stream of physical abuse. He also noted that his several reports of physical and verbal abuse to the leadership cadre of the Recruit School were unheeded. Discharged on medical grounds in April 2012, a military police investigation was only initiated after his counsel wrote to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff detailing the abuse and violence suffered by Robichaud and requesting a criminal investigation. After gathering evidence from approximately 70 witnesses, in the Fall 2013 the Military Police recommended to thethat criminal charges be laid against the instructor. However, for reasons unknown, almost five years after the physical abuse, harassment and torment was inflicted on Robichaud, the Director Military Prosecution has yet to prefer the charges against the alleged offender so that he may be tried by court martial.
See news report: News Report. Journal de Quebec. August 13, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
The government of the breakaway region of Donetsk in Ukraine announced that it will introduce the death penalty for serious crimes, including treason, after the first meeting of the separatist Council of Ministers today.
“A legislative act provides for the death penalty for the gravest crimes,” a press release on the Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DNR) official website read.
The meeting was intended to set the founding stones of the military court justice system of the new republic, which is not recognised by the Ukrainian government.
The Council agreed that military tribunals will be sanctioned to pass the death penalty for offences including treason, espionage, attempts on the lives of the leadership and sabotage, the Moscow Times reported. . . .