Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Military justice and firefighters

A Brazilian military court has convicted two firefighters and acquitted six others in connection with the fatal "Kiss" nightclub fire. Details (in Portuguese) here.

Global Military Justice Reform understands that military jurisdiction over firefighters is provided for by Brazilian law, and this may be preferred by firefighters -- but it does seem doubtful under prevailing international standards. Readers of this blog are well aware of concepts of personal and subject matter jurisdiction, but plainly not all countries are on the same page when it comes to deciding which uniformed services should be subject to criminal trial in military courts (think gendarmeries, Interior Ministry troops, coastguards, border patrols).

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