Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MIlitary Justice News from Around the Globe

Australia Evidence: Cadets had consensual relationship before alleged rape in 2-decade-old case.

Bahrain
Time profiles harsh military court sentences for political activists.

Canada
Two soldiers were charged in a fellow soldier's training incident death in Afghanistan.  "The charges against Major Darryl Watts and Warrent Officer Paul Ravensdale each include one count of manslaughter for Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker's death, four counts of unlawfully causing bodily harm for the four soldiers who were injured, and negligent performance of a military duty."

Egypt
The brother of the new al-Qaeda leader faces a military court.  Mohammad al-Zawahri, who was held for over a decade before the recent political upheaval in Egypt will be retried on charges related to his own al-Qaeda membership.

India
Defense presents information in Sukna land scam case of Lieutenant General (retired) Awadesh Prakash.

Mexico
Navy denies recent forced disappearances.

Nepal
This article provides background on sexual minorities in the Nepalese military and the recent judicial repudiation of the military justice system.

Rwanda
A military court held Lt. Col. Ngabo Rugigana will remain in provisional detention as an investigation into whether he threatened national security.

South Korea
Two Marines face charges in the shooting deaths of four fellow military members.  One is the alleged triggerman, while the other is believed to have helped him obtain weapons for the incident.

Suriname
President Desi Bouterse claims there's no conflict of interest in nominating individuals to sit as military judges because he doesn't select the judges. By the way, Bouterse's own court-martial for murder begins/resumes in December.

Syria
An Army deserter claims he received orders to shoot unarmed protestors.

UK
A court-martial found a Royal Navy medic conscientious objector guilty of disobeying an order for refusing arms training.  The court sentenced Michael Lyons to dismissal from the service, 7 months in confinement, and a demotion in rank.

It seems US service members aren't the only ones who face charges of obtaining allowances to which they're not entitled.  A Royal Navy officer's court-martial is underway for just that.  Who knew the Brits paid for boarding school for military dependents?