War Crimes

Report: Australian elite troops killed Afghan civilians

According to a report by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) that looked into possible behaviour of misconduct in their own forces, 19 current or ex-special forces soldiers should be investigated by police over killings of "prisoners, farmers or civilians" in 2009-13.

The report found evidence for multiple patterns of misconduct. One example mentioned is that new soldiers were told to get their first kill by shooting prisoners, in a practice known as "flooding".

Kosovo’s President Thaci resigns to face charges for war crimes
Kosovo’s President Thaci resigns to face charges for war crimes
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Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci has announced his resignation in order "to protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo". He will now face charges for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special Kosovo court based in The Hague.

Along with him, nine other former rebel leaders during Kosovo's independence war from Serbia in the late 1990s have been indicted.

Former Nazi SS member found guilty by court over mass murder between 1944 and 1945
Stutthof Concentration Camp
Stutthof Concentration Camp Credit: Pipodesign Philipp P Egli (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

In what is expected to be one of the last sentences as survivors and perpetrators of the holocaust are now of an old age, a German former Nazi SS guard has been found guilty. The court ruled that the now 93-year-old man is guilty of complicity in the murder of over 5,000 prisoners of the Stutthof Camp located in the part of Poland that was occupied by Nazi Germany during that time.

The two year prison sentence has been suspended and the man has been tried in a juvenile court as he was 17 during that time. He had been guarding the concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945.