Above all, thanks to everyone -- readers and contributors -- for your interest in military justice reform.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
|Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma|
"He said all the accused persons agreed upon methodology, planning and tactics to disturb senior officers and that some of the plans they had wanted to introduce include, converting Sierra Leone into a hot spot, dividing Sierra Leone, plans not be opened to negotiation during the mutiny, execute Cabinet Ministers, not to accept any deal, subjecting the country to alert, exerting fraud and dictatorship and advance to establish coup and political change."
The defense has waived opening argument for the time being.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
|Pres. Moncef Marzouki|
The Military Prosecution called, Monday, on various parties to keep the military justice away from disputes and not to use the verdicts pronounced in the cases of martyrs and wounded of the Revolution as a means to question the integrity of the military justice.
The Criminal Chamber of the Military Appeal Court which pronounced the verdicts offers all guarantees of independence, the military prosecution indicated in a statement.
this must-read post about the latest development regarding the administration of justice in the People's Liberation Army: issuance of a "Legal Protection Opinion" on improving protection of the rights of the military, military personnel, and dependents. The document itself is not (yet?) available, so systemic transparency remains a serious issue.
this report on the latest in a string of problems with the slow-moving military commissions being conducted at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This time it involves the Federal Bureau of Investigation:
"The F.B.I.’s inquiry [into the defense counsel for the accused 9/11 plotters] became the focus of the pretrial hearings at Guantánamo this week, after the [security] contractor [assigned to one of the teams of defense counsel] disclosed it to the defense team. It was a reminder that, no matter how much the proceedings at the island military prison resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms."
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014