Prosecuting Heads of State by Ellen L. Lutz, Caitlin Reiger

By Ellen L. Lutz, Caitlin Reiger

Due to the fact 1990, sixty seven former heads of country or executive were legitimately prosecuted for critical human rights or monetary crimes. a lot of those leaders have been delivered to trial in quite unfastened and reasonable judicial tactics, and a few served time in felony therefore. This e-book explores the explanations for the meteoric upward thrust in trials of senior leaders and the motivations, public dramas, and intrigues that observed efforts to deliver them to justice. Drawing on an research of the sixty seven instances, the ebook examines the emergence of neighborhood traits in Europe and Latin the USA and comprises 8 case reports of high-profile trials of former govt leaders: Augusto Pinochet (Chile), Alberto Fujimori (Peru), Slobodan Milosevic (former Yugoslavia), Charles Taylor (Liberia and Sierra Leone), and Saddam Hussein (Iraq) - stories written by means of specialists who heavily their instances and their affects on wider societies. this is often the single ebook that examines the increase within the variety of household and foreign trials globally and tells the stories in readable prose and with interesting info.

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This, in part, results from the tradition in many civil law jurisdictions of empowering individuals who have been the victims of crimes to initiate private prosecutions against alleged perpetrators. Although the details of this system vary from country to country, in essence, when individuals file credible criminal cases, state prosecutors or investigating magistrates must investigate them as if they had been brought by a state prosecutor. In Greece, in the wake of the collapse of the authoritarian regime of the colonels on July 23, 1974, Constantine Karamanlis’s transitional government immediately faced the problem of what to do about the crimes committed by its military predecessors.

28 Africa followed in 2003, and in the interim, Asia, the Pacific Island states, and the Middle East declared interest in creating regional instruments or structures to impede corruption. 29 As of February 4, 2008, 107 countries had ratified it, and 140 had signed it. Although UNCAC does not define “corruption,” it does require, among other means to curb corruption, states to criminalize intentional bribery of national or foreign public officials, and intentional embezzlement, misappropriation, or other diversion for private gain by a public official of any property, funds, or anything else entrusted to the official by virtue of his or her position.

S. S. S. troops, was globally condemned. S. troops. 37 For a time, many assumed the accountability movement had hit a brick wall. However, as Roht-Arriaza describes in Chapters 3 and 4 and in her book Introduction 17 The Pinochet Effect,38 the untiring efforts of human rights activists who were determined to see justice done turned the tide. In the past decade, criminal investigations or judicial proceedings against former senior officials have occurred in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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