Military Expert’s Opinion Scrutinized in Cases Concerning Bolivian Conflict

U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn recently heard arguments on a defendants’ motion to exclude the testimony of a plaintiffs’ military analyst with expertise in investigating and analyzing military structures in the context of violence against civilians during armed conflict.

This military expert had nearly two decades of experience investigating international criminal law and human rights violations, including 14 years as an analyst and investigator for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.operator stands with arms and looks forward

Plaintiffs sought to have its expert give an opinion on whether the Defendants in these cases—the former President of Bolivia and the former Minister of Defense of Bolivia were responsible, under the doctrine of command responsibility, for the allegedly improper use of force by the Bolivian Armed Forces against Bolivian civilians, including the eight decedents in these cases.

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