Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Crimes by military personnel to be tried by civilian courts

Minister of Defense Jorge Menendez
Jorge Menendez, the Uruguayan Minister of Defense, appeared before Congress on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, to affirm the agreement between the Executive and Legislative branches of government to proceed to the reform of military justice and that criminal offenses committed by active duty members of the Armed Forces in the line of duty would be investigated by ordinary courts.

The Executive branch, in November 2015, presented a bill that proposed the elimination of military justice. The bill provided that military jurisdiction, both in times of war and peace, would be under the authority of the Judicial branch of government.  The proposal is in line with Law 18.650, “Framework Law of National Defense,” approved in 2010, which established the transfer of Military Justice to the authority of the Judicial branch.

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