International Justice: Hopes rising that war criminals will be brought to court

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Mar 30, 2020

An alleged Liberian war criminal is expected to be tried at Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court later this year.
(Keystone)

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With Switzerland’s first international war crimes trial in a non-military court expected to take place in coming months, Swiss NGO TRIAL International says such “universal jurisdiction” cases are on the rise around the world. Switzerland has several other cases under investigation but still needs to step up the pace, it says.

The long-awaited trial of former Liberian rebel leader Alieu Kosiah, originally scheduled to take place before Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court in April, has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, but is nevertheless expected to take place later in the year. Valérie Paulet, editor of TRIAL’s Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review published on Monday, hopes the trial will inject new life into Switzerland’s international crimes unit at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
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