Baabda's Investigative Judge Pierre Francis on Wednesday issued an indictment accusing the Asbat Al-Ansar group of the murder of four judges at a Sidon court 18 years ago. On June 8, 1999, masked gunmen stormed one of the court halls at Sidon’s old Justice Palace and shot dead judges Hassan Othman, Walid Harmoush, Assem Bou Daher and Imad Shehab.
For six years, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria has been painstakingly gathering information about possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict. The investigators have produced 13 reports, the evidence in each is harrowing. Villages destroyed, crops burnt, wells poisoned, torture, rape, starvation sieges, mass bombing of civilians, and what only a decade ago might have been unthinkable - chemical weapons.
A neighbour’s stinky cooking can sometimes be one of the daily annoyances of living in apartment blocks, but in Italy, it has been made a criminal offence. The country’s Court of Cassation this week upheld a ruling criminalising strong cooking odours and even branded a new legal term: “olfactory molestation”.