Saturday 24 February 2018

Reconciliation still difficult but war crimes tribunal gives hope

Aaron Gray-Block in Amsterdam

In arresting its last wanted fugitive in July, the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal has achieved something that eluded even the Nuremberg tribunal: in efforts to punish leaders and promote truth and reconciliation, it nabbed everyone it had sought.

"One hundred and sixty one cases all in hand, with none of those on the wanted list still at large, is a truly remarkable achievement, not matched anywhere," said James Gow, a King's College London professor who served as a prosecution adviser and expert witness in the court's early days from 1994-98.

"Nuremberg missed (Martin) Borman and (Adolf) Eichmann, at least, while Rwanda has several indictees outstanding.

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