Thursday, December 28, 2017

Don't like the way a case is going? Get rid of some judges

Okay, this one (from Peru) is complicated. The question is whether Peruvian Navy personnel committed a crime against humanity when they put down a prison mutiny in 1986. The Constitutional Court ruled that there was no statute of limitations. Whereupon, with the criminal case still pending, former military officers persuaded a congressional committee to recommend suspending three justices and barring a fourth for 10 years. Enter the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which imposed a stay until it can hear the case. Details here.

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