Friday, October 31, 2014

House arrest issue in Colombia

Supreme Court of Colombia
In addition to the roiling debate over the military justice bill, a controversy has arisen over whether elderly or sick military prisoners can be transferred to house arrest. Colombian law permits this for prisoners who are over age 70, but there is an exception for those convicted of aggravated murder, rape or crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Supreme Court will have to decide whether there is residual power to permit house arrest despite the statutory exception. Details in this report from El Observador.

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