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Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Post by Sanctaria » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:52 pm

The cavernous, wooden-panelled room was a relic from the apex of the former Papal States of Sanctaria, but the Old Courthouse in Nicene was the perfect venue for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's hearings and judgements. Nicene, the capital of the Sanctarian state of Galvium, was an old port city, and one of the largest within the Divine Federation. Legend has it that it was at Nicene the first Patriarch of the Sanctarian Catholic Church, Julius, landed and began would would be a millenium-long dominance of the western Hespian continent. In the twenty-first century, however, the city would instead of birthing a warmongering theocratic state, would seek to resolve peace within a far off state in the region of the International Democratic Union.

Chosen for this task by the Group Special Envoy, Robert Smyth, was Sylvia Churcher, an experienced Sanctarian jurist. Many court reporters called her firm but compassionate, but Churcher's love was for facts. She understood the important of proportional responses, but to find out the facts was her main priority. It made her a natural choice for the role of Chief Judge of the Commission.

The stage was set. The adjudicator was in position. And the players were here too. At noon exactly, the courtroom doors were opened by bailiffs of the Sanctarian Court System, on secondment to the Commission. Parties from both sides of the conflict were seated amongst each other in the audience gallery, while the tables normally reserved for the prosecution and defence were empty; between them stood a strongly built, solid wood podium, something usually missing from a courtroom. Empty too was the imposing bench at which the Chief Judge would sit. Below sat the Clerk of the Commission, who, at 15 minutes past the hour, rose and solemnly declared "Oh yea, Oh yea. All rise for the Right Honorable, the Chief Judge Sylvia Chucher CLR, presiding judge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission". The scrapes of chairs against floors was high-pitched and slightly painful to those with sensitive hearing, but all parties obliged. Not yet was the time for grandstanding, many of them thought.

Churcher walked slowly to her chair with its overview of the entire room. At 69, Churcher wasn't necessarily old, but she had been looking forward to her retirement before being called back to the bench for this final adjudication. Her brown eyes were dark, impenetrable pools of wisdom, and her poker face was second to none. This would not be an easy judge for the participants to read. Taking her seat, she nodded to the Clerk who ordered all present to sit down, and then began the proceedings.

"The Rt. Hon. Chief Judge Churcher requests those who have business before the court to approach the podium and submit their grievances for the resolution of the court. Parties shall be called in order to submit, briefly, who they represent, and what party they claim to have grievances with. No arguments shall be presented at this time, the court simply requires the aggrieved name, the alleged aggressor's name, and a brief summation of the grievance in question. Alleged aggressors may be both state and non-state actors. I invite the provision government of Lauchenoiria to begin". The Clerk a seat, and Churcher took up her pen, eagerly anticipating the beginning of what she hoped would be the final conclusion to the Lauchenoirian conflict.

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Re: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Post by Lauchenoiria » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:53 pm

Tomás Arenas had begun his career during the time of the authoritarian communist regime in Lauchenoiria, and continued it under liberal capitalism just the same. What mattered to Arenas was justice. And when the provisional government asked him to present their cases to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he was all too willing to oblige.

Arenas approached the podium as asked.

“Thank you, your honour,” he said, then took a deep breath. The list of grievances submitted by the provisional government was rather long.

“Firstly, the Provisional Government of Lauchenoiria would like judgement cast against the Republic of Conternia for orchestrating the bombing of Melissa City Police Department and the kidnapping of Professor Michael Antonin. Secondly, the same party would like judgement cast against Ezra Griffiths, former Prime Minister of Conternia, for approving these terrorist activities in Melissa City.

Thirdly, the same party would like judgement cast against the Matriarchy of Kerlile for orchestrating the widespread mistreatment and torture of numerous Prisoners of War. Fourthly, the same party would like judgement cast against President Joanna Greenwood for orchestrating numerous activities leading to the death of innocent parties. Fifthly, the same party would like judgement cast against Lucia Casci, former Kerlian Defence Secretary, for orchestrating the kidnapping of civilian males across Yervia and Ulinaria provinces.

In addition, the same party would like judgement cast against Councillor Anita Patel for orchestrating the mistreatment of prisoners of war. The same party would like judgement cast against Councillor Pauline Pierre for orchestrating the attempt to covertly seize control of the Lauchenoirian government by Kerlile. Furthermore, the same party would like judgement cast against Charissa Clarke, for numerous actions, including the attempt to take over our government on behalf of Kerlile.

The provisional government of Lauchenoiria would also like judgement cast against Colonel Chloe Conde, for executing and ordering the execution of prisoners of war. In addition, the same party would like judgement cast against Major Amanda Littlewood for the mistreatment of prisoners of war in Usera.

Additionally, the same party would like judgement cast against Captain Gregor Docherty for preventing the delivery of essential food and medical supplies during the Aelurian blockade. Moreover, the same party would like judgement cast against Henrik Yulov, for ordering his subordinates to fire on innocent civilians. The same party would also like judgement cast against Karl Iovavik and Franzik Udr for following these orders.

In addition, the same party would like judgement cast against Councillor Jennifer Hale for orchestrating the illegal attack on Annatown. Furthermore, the Provisional Government of Lauchenoiria would like judgement cast against First Minister Victoria Juárez for the mistreatment of prisoners of war. The provisional government of Lauchenoiria would also like judgement cast against Laura Moore for orchestrating the activities of the rebel group calling themselves the Lauchenoirian Resistance.

The same party would also like judgement cast against Jonas Kelley for his part in the illegal detention of numerous Laeralian and Skodenian citizens. Finally, the same party would like judgement cast against Anthony Santos for the torture of President Leanna Walker.”

Areas exhaled with relief at reaching the end of the provisional government’s extensive list, and not having to think of any more synonyms for “also”. Of the nineteen grievances listed, nine were against Kerlile or Kerlians, if one counted Jennifer Hale. As such, he could feel Kerlile’s advocate giving him the evil eye, and he suppressed the urge to shudder. This would be a long few months.

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Post by Sanctaria » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:38 pm

Churcher took notes as Arenas spoke. Many atrocities happened during the war. By whom was to adjudicated by her. When Arenas finished speaking, the Clerk turned to look at her. She nodded. The Clerk stood and began speak.

"The Court accepts submission TRC-A-01, Lauchenoiria v. Conternia.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-02, Lauchenoiria v. Griffiths.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-03, Lauchenoiria v. Kerlile.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-04, Lauchenoiria v. Greenwood.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-05, Lauchenoiria v. Casci.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-06, Lauchenoiria v. Patel.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-07, Lauchenoiria v. Pierre.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-08, Lauchenoiria v. Clarke.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-09, Lauchenoiria v. Conde.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-10, Lauchenoiria v. Littlewood.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-11, Lauchenoiria v. Docherty.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-12, Lauchenoiria v. Yulov.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-13, Lauchenoiria v. Iovavik.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-14, Lauchenoiria v. Udr.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-15, Lauchenoiria v. Hale.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-16, Lauchenoiria v. Juárez.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-17, Lauchenoiria v. Moore.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-18, Lauchenoiria v. Kelley.

The Court accepts submission TRC-A-19, Lauchenoiria v. Santos."

Churcher continued to make notes, and passed one down to the Clerk, who began speaking immediately. "The Court invites the government of Laeral to allege their grievances."

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Post by Laeral » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:48 am

Therese Lu-Marechal, of the Laeralian Ministry of Justice, approached the podium in response to Judge Churcher's request.

"Thank you, your honor," she said. taking a sheet of paper from the light blue folder she was holding. "The Allied Provinces of Laeral requests judgement cast against the Matriarchy of Kerlile, for the mistreatment, abuse, and murder of numerous prisoners of war of several nations, including Laeral. Secondly, the same party requests judgement cast against President Joanna Greenwood, for approving and coordinating these abuses. Thirdly, the same party requests judgement cast against Colonel Chloe Conde, for directly overseeing and carrying out abuses and executions of prisoners of war."

"Fourthly," Therese continued, "the Allied Provinces of Laeral requests judgement cast against Jonas Kelley, for orchestrating the arbitrary arrest and detention of Laeralian civilians residing in Lauchenoiria. Fifthly, the same party requests judgement cast against Charissa Clarke, for supporting said arrest and detention, overseeing the mistreatment and execution of prisoners of war, producing propaganda which provoked the attempted assassination of President Nicholas Brennan, and approving the shooting of Laeralian diplomat Li Jingyi. Sixth, the same party requests judgement cast against General Eduardo Sanchez, for abetting the execution and mistreatment of prisoners of war as carried out by forces of the Matriarchy of Kerlile." The Laeralian legal delegation had spent a great deal of time and effort arguing over the wording of that last point. What she was reading was a carefully crafted compromise, with every word, particularly the verb 'abetting' having been chosen with great care.

"Finally, the Allied Provinces of Laeral requests judgement cast against Henderson Long, for the attempted murder of President Nicholas Brennan."

Therese looked up at Chief Judge Churcher, searching for any response in her face.

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Post by Sanctaria » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:40 pm

Churcher scribbled some more notes in her pad, and once more nodded at the Clerk who had looked up for approval.

"The Court accepts submission TRC-B-01, Laeral v. Kerlile.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-02, Laeral v. Greenwood.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-03, Laeral v. Conde.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-04, Laeral v. Kelley.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-05, Laeral v. Clarke.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-06, Laeral v. Sanchez.

The Court accepts submission TRC-B-07, Laeral v. Long."

The Clerk finished reading aloud, took some water, and then continued, "The Court will now hear from the advocate from Libertas Omnium Maximus to list their alleged grievances".

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Post by Libertas Omnium Maximus » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:14 am

Dr. William Blunt Sr. Esq. (69) had been asked to represent Libertas Omnium Maximus in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission only three months prior. There was no official literature as to who would represent the Maximusian Government in an international legal case as this was, surprisingly, the nation's first international case in over 200 years. Ultimately, after much debate, it was decided that the current Solicitor General, Dr. Blunt, was the best candidate. He had been involved in dozens of extremely significant LOM court cases even before being asked in 2016 to become the Solicitor General of LOM. In short, he more than knew his way around the court room.

A member of his legal team, Alice Jones (56), who's nephew had just returned from his tour of duty in Lauchenoiria, nodded to him as he stood from the LOM Legal Team's table. Slowly he made his way to the mahogany podium, adjusted the microphone to better suit his relatively tall height, and began in his deep baritone voice:

"Your honor," he began curtly, "The Nation of Libertas Omnium Maximus would like to lodge their grievances against the following nations and/or individuals:"

The room, which was already tense to say the least, seemed to tense further than seemed imaginable.

"The Matriarchal Nation of Kerlile, for heinous and irrefutable war crimes including the Abuse, Execution and Torture of Maximusian Armed Force Members while they were being detained as POW's in Kerlile,

Colonel Chloe Conde, for the willful orchestration of said abuse and torture of POWs, along with ordering the coordinated attempt to assault the Maximusian Congressional Hall,

Additionally, Joanna Greenwood, for condoning an coordinating said abuses, tortures, and executions,

Staff Sergeant Melanie Chevroux, for directly coordinating the assault on Maximusian Congressional Hall, aiding a know fugitive, inciting terrorism, and organizing a terrorist cell."

Blunt exhaled deeply. All in a days work, he thought quietly as he stepped down form the podium, making a point to make eye contact with each Kerlilian representative. He smiled, this would be fun. He slowly rounded the cherry-wood table that he would be calling home for the near future, took a seat, opened file that had been placed on in-front of him, and slowly read the memo, waiting for the next nation to be called to state their grievances. For the Maximusian Legal Council, the TRC trials had begun.

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Post by Sanctaria » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:00 pm

This time, Churcher didn't even bother looking up while writing her notes. She murmured slightly at the Clerk, who stood up once more.

"The Court accepts submission TRC-C-01, Libertas Omnium Maximus v. Kerlile.

The Court accepts submission TRC-C-02, Libertas Omnium Maximus v. Conde.

The Court accepts submission TRC-C-03, Libertas Omnium Maximus v. Greenwood.

The Court accepts submission TRC-C-04, Libertas Omnium Maximus v. Chevroux."

The Clerk was tapped on his shoulder by Churcher, who passed him a note. "The Court calls for the representative of the Matriarchy of Kerlile to stand and allege any grievances."

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Re: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Post by Lauchenoiria » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:16 pm

Irene Sheridan was a true believer in the Kerlian project. She had devoted her life to the Kerlian Ministry of Justice and it was her uncompromising belief in the Matriarchy that led to her being chosen for this. After all, only true believers can come in contact with the patriarchal countries and not be susceptible to brainwashing, was the reasoning.

“Thank you, your honour,” she said, carefully neutral. She was aware that most people in the room disliked her and everything she stood for to various degrees. She would do little to change that perception.

“Firstly, the Matriarchy of Kerlile requests judgement cast against Libertas Omnium Maximus for their reckless endangerment of lives in Carville. Secondly, the same party would like judgement cast against Laura Moore for her actions in beginning the war and her responsibility for the subsequent loss of life. That is all.”

She sat back down. The Maximusian who’d spoken was eyeing her pointedly. She ignored him. Don’t let him rile you, Irene, she thought. Kerlile’s list of grievances was short, in truth they were cooperating very begrudgingly. And Sheridan knew, in the back of her mind, that this could not end well for the Matriarchy.

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Post by Sanctaria » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:48 pm

Yet again the Clerk stood and with his booming voice, no sign of tiring, began:

"The Court accepts submission TRC-D-01, Kerlile v. Libertas Omnium Maximus.

The Court accepts submission TRC-D-02, Kerlile v. Moore."

The Clerk looked back at Churcher who nodded.

"The Court calls on the representatives from Conternia to allege their grievances."

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Re: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Post by conterniasgloriousleader » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:49 pm

Earl Toller rose his tall, skinny frame from his seat at that, with what looked like considerable effort. His presence here was something of a minor spectacle in the Conternian media - he was a former military man himself, honourably discharged following injury, and there'd been some speculation about whether his background would give him a more personal investment in these events. If his emotions were enflamed, he wasn't showing it: the expression on his pallid face remained unreadable as he uttered
"Thank you, your honour". Of course, Toller had been doing this for well over thirty years; if there was one thing he could claim to be perfect at, it was courtroom demeanour.

"The Republic of Conternia would like to lodge their grievances against the groups, nations, and individuals now named", he said, slowly, deliberately.

"The Matriarchy of Kerlile, for permitting and sanctioning numerous acts of murder and torture, against combatants and civilians, by their armed forces"

"Colonel Chloe Conde, for abuse and murder of prisoners of war in blatant violation of the rule of war."

"President Joanna Greenwood, for permitting the atrocities committed by her council and her military."

"Mr Anthony Santos, for the torture of President Leanna Walker as well as numerous other prisoners, and for attempting to evade capture by illegally entering Conternia."

Toller inhaled, letting his words hang in the air for a moment.

"That will be all", he spoke at last, before retaking his seat, comforting himself with thoughts of the whisky with which he'd numb the slight ache in his back later.

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Post by Sanctaria » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:37 am

For a final time, the Clerk rose.

"The Court accepts submission TRC-E-01, Conternia v. Kerlile.

The Court accepts submission TRC-E-02, Conternia v. Conde.

The Court accepts submission TRC-E-03, Conternia v. Greenwood.

The Court accepts submission TRC-E-04, Conternia v. Santos."

He looked back up at Judge Churcher who was still scribbling away on a notepad.

"The Court will adjourn for one hour while we review and collate the accepted submissions. All rise." Every stood, with the squeal of chairs scraping against floor almost unbearable. Churcher stood, bowed her head towards the Sanctarian seal above the door into the courtroom, and exited to her right. When she left, the Clerk, still standing, asked those present to take their seats once more. "We shan't be too long", he said with a smile.



"All rise" was the notifier that the judge was back and the ball was once more rolling. Churcher, still silent, handed the clerk a fairly hefty volume of papers. The clerk nodded and turned back to the court.

"The Court thanks all parties for their timely submissions and will now propose the following:

TRC-A-01, Lauchenoiria v. Conternia shall be taken firstly.

TRC-A-02, Lauchenoiria v. Griffiths shall be taken secondly.

TRC-A-03, Lauchenoiria v. Kerlile shall be taken alongside TRC-B-01, TRC-C-01, and TRC-E-01. It shall be designated TRC-A-03, Lauchenoiria et al v. Kerlile. It shall be taken thirdly.

TRC-A-04, Lauchenoiria v. Greenwood shall be taken alongside TRC-B-02, TRC-C-03, and TRC-E-03. It shall be designated TRC-A-04, Lauchenoiria et al v. Greenwood. It shall be taken fourthly.

TRC-A-05, Lauchenoiria v. Casci shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-06, Lauchenoiria v. Patel shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-07, Lauchenoiria v. Pierre shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-08, Lauchenoiria v. Clarke shall be taken alongside TRC-B-05. It shall be designated TRC-A-08, Lauchenoiria et al v. Clarke. It shall be taken after TRC-A-07.

TRC-A-09, Lauchenoiria v. Conde shall be taken alongside TRC-B-03, TRC-C-02, and TRC-E-02. It shall be designated TRC-A-09, Lauchenoiria et al v. Conde. It shall be taken after TRC-A-08.

TRC-A-10, Lauchenoiria v. Littlewood shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-11, Lauchenoiria v. Docherty shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-12, Lauchenoiria v. Yulov shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-13, Lauchenoiria v. Iovavik shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-14, Lauchenoiria v. Udr shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-15, Lauchenoiria v. Hale shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-16, Lauchenoiria v. Juárez shall be taken after that.

TRC-A-17, Lauchenoiria v. Moore shall be taken alongside TRC-D-02. It shall be designated TRC-A-17, Lauchenoiria et al v. Moore. It shall be taken after TRC-A-16.

TRC-A-18, Lauchenoiria v. Kelley shall be taken alongside TRC-B-04. It shall be designated TRC-A-18, Lauchenoiria et al v. Kelley. It shall be taken after TRC-A-17.

TRC-A-19, Lauchenoiria v. Santos shall be taken alongside TRC-E-04. It shall be designated TRC-A-19, Lauchenoiria et al v. Santos. It shall be taken after TRC-A-18.

TRC-B-06, Laeral v. Sanchez shall be taken after TRC-A-19.

TRC-B-07, Laeral v. Long shall be taken after that.

TRC-C-04, Libertas Omnium Maximus v. Chevroux shall be taken after that.

TRC-D-01, Kerlile v. Libertas Omnium Maximus shall be taken after that, and shall be the final case the Court hears."

The clerk stopped to take a drink of water.

"This Court will adjourn until 05 March 2019 to allow parties to prepare for the cases. In each case the Court will ask if the defendants plead guilty or not guilty. If it is guilty, the case shall be adjourned for adjudication of remedy. In the event of a plea of not guilty, the Court will hear one prosecutor or plaintiff statement, and one defence statement. In cases where there is more than one plaintiff or prosecutor, the Court asks those parties to choose which of among them will present the statement. The Court stands adjourned until 05 March 2019. All rise."



The clerk rose, his familiar voice booming around the courtroom. "The Court will rise for the honourable judge Sylvia Churcher, presiding judge of this Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her Honour would like me to remind parties here today that we will be running the gamut between civil cases and procedure and criminal cases and procedure. To remind all, cases where a state is the defence is a civil procedure, and those were an individual is the defence is a criminal procedure. Please bear that in mind when requesting specific remedies should they be found guilty.

The case we hear today is TRC-A-01, Lauchenoiria v. Conternia. Does the defendant plead guilty or not guilty to the charges of "orchestrating the bombing of Melissa City Police Department and the kidnapping of Professor Michael Antonin" laid before them?"

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Post by conterniasgloriousleader » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:50 am

Earl Toller absorbed the words spoken by the clark with the impassivity he had spent years perfecting. He was of course frightened, frightened to be fighting a case well beyond anything else he'd seen in his thirty-two year career - but he wasn't going to show it. He knew the stakes, and in spite of everything he really believed in what he was doing - he knew Ezra Griffiths, he trusted Ezra Griffiths, and he wasn't going to let his government and legacy be torn apart without a fight. And so it was with solemnity but also certainty and determination that he stood, and, after a moment more of silence, spoke his response:

"Your honour, the defendant pleads not guilty"

Covertly, Toller scanned the room, taking in the subtle shifts in facial expression his words brought on - the little traces of surprise, occasional disapproval, something like respect, that played out in people's eyes and on their top lips.

'Well', he thought to himself, 'no turning back now'

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Post by Sanctaria » Sun May 19, 2019 6:04 pm

"Thank you", the clerk said quietly. Writing something down on a pad. "The Court calls the plaintiff, the counsel for Lauchenoiria, to issue their statement detailing the facts and evidence of the allegation against the defence."

As the clerk finished, the learned Justice behind him folded her hands beneath her chin and fixed her gaze upon the Lauchenoirian prosecutor.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:13 pm

Tomás Arenas stood, stretching until he stood straight. He knew the importance of the occasion, and he wasn’t going to allow himself to fail. He stepped forward and cleared his throat, eyeing the Conternians as he began.

“Your honour, the Republic of Conternia is responsible for several terrorist attacks that took place in Melissa City during last year’s conflict - the bombing of the Melissa City Police Department, and the kidnapping of highly-respected Professor Michael Antonin.

Documents leaked by an anonymous source, which have been verified by us and the Conternians themselves, show that a team assembled by the Conternian Intelligence Service were behind the attacks. Prime Minister Ezra Griffiths resigned as a result of the leaks, hardly something he would do if they were false.

The documents identified four individuals employed by the Conternian Intelligence Service who were behind the attacks in Melissa City. Joaquin Swanberg, a known assassin. Erika Larrson, a former member of a Skodenian anarchist cell. Robert Hardyng, notable for being one of the longest-serving prisoners anywhere in the IDU. And Helen Blunt, a former Interpol agent who was fired for misconduct. Documents indicate these individuals had been granted Conternian citizenship in exchange for participating in covert operations organised by the CIS.

The attack on the Melissa City Police Department took place on the 17th June 2018, at approximately 5:45am local time. Approximately fifteen minutes earlier, two police officers were lured to the scene of a shop which had its window smashed in by a hammer. Using CCTV footage, the culprit was identified as Joaquin Swanberg.

The two police officers were wounded by Swanberg’s associate, Blunt, and forced inside their vehicle. Fifteen minutes later, they entered the MCPD building wearing explosive vests, which were remotely detonated, killing or wounding all those inside the building. Passers-by were shot at by two individuals, now identified as Larrson and Hardyng, who were in possession of a stolen ambulance and dressed as first responders.

These four individuals, employed by the CIS, were also behind the kidnapping of Professor Michael Antonin on the Melissa City University campus on the 9th July. Witnesses saw the professor being forced to his knees by four balaclava-clad figures, and then knocked out with the butt of a rifle.

The leaked documents, the source of which has not been determined, but the veracity of which has been proven by multiple independent sources, prove that these four individuals were acting on the orders of the CIS in both instances. Conternia is responsible for these attacks, which killed multiple people and damaged a crucial part of Lauchenoirian infrastructure.

The four individuals who carried out the attack – Hardyng, Larrson, Swanberg and Blunt – are, to the best of our knowledge, now dead. The state which ordered them to carry out illegal terrorist activity on Lauchenoirian soil, however, is Conternia. The documents are proof of that.”

Arenas sat back down, eyeing Earl Toller, whose face gave nothing away. Arenas had done all he could.

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Post by Sanctaria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:13 am

Churcher looked up and nodded at Arenas. She motioned to her Clerk who asked Conternia to give a rebuttal. Toller shook his head, seemingly convinced that the story woven by the prosecution was poppycock and didn't deserve a rebuttal.

The Clerk turned back towards Churcher who, for what seemed like the first time this trial, opened her mouth. "I note no defense from the Conternia team. We will move on to the next item - TRC-A-02, Lauchenoiria v. Griffiths."

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:53 am

Tomás Arenas stood once more. He seemed somewhat surprised at the lack of a rebuttal from Conternia, but he nevertheless prepared to continue.

“Your honour, former Prime Minister Ezra Griffiths of Conternia is responsible for the Melissa City terrorist attacks detailed in the previous item. He sanctioned the operation, in the knowledge that it involved illegal activity. He is therefore responsible for the attacks and the deaths that occurred.

As already detailed in the previous item, leaked documents have established the Conternian government, led by Mr Griffiths at the time, was responsible for the attacks. Prior to Mr Griffiths’ resignation as Prime Minister, he admitted to the press that he had sanctioned the operation after publicly declaring neutrality in the Lauchenoirian conflict, and that he had known the operation was ‘dirty’.

Mr Griffiths then resigned as Prime Minister, after admitting his crimes, and fled Kiwi Bird City, the capital of Conternia in an attempt to evade justice. He was later apprehended by the Conternian authorities.

Ezra Griffiths is responsible for the atrocities committed by the four Conternian Intelligence Service operatives in Melissa City. His sanctioning of this illegal operation makes him responsible for the death and destruction that occurred.”

Arenas sat down, eyeing the Conternian counsel, wondering just what was going through Toller’s mind.

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Post by Sanctaria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:04 am

"The bench thanks the prosecution for their opening statement and calls on the defence for their rebuttal", the Clerk said solemnly, only acutely aware that the hawk-like eyes of Judge Churcher behind him were fixed on Toller, particularly after he declined to rebut previously. But Toller raised and spent the next 15 minutes vigerously defending the former Prime Minister, adamant that Conternian justice would bring his Conternian crimes to justice, and that what he did as Head of Government, while illegal in Conternian law, was necessary in international conflict.

Once Toller had seated, and was thanked for his contribution, the next case was called. One that a lot of people, including the world's media, were waiting for, and one of the earliest hot button ones: TRC-A-03, Lauchenoiria et al v. Kerlile.

"I believe the plantiff from Lauchenoiria will be taking this for all three aggrieved parties, as it has been bundled, correct? The plantiff may begin", the Clerk pronounced.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:25 pm

Tomás Arenas stood once more with a spring in his step. It wasn’t every day one had the opportunity to prosecute the Matriarchy of Kerlile, and he was honoured to have the opportunity. For far too long, in his opinion, the autocratic matriarchy had managed to escape justice for their numerous crimes against humanity. But that was all about to change, and his only regret was that he would be unable to see the faces of the Kerlian Councillors as the verdicts were given.

“Your honour,” he began, a little more gleefully than one would have expected, “throughout the conflict now known as the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War, the Matriarchy of Kerlile took many prisoners, almost all of which were subjected to mistreatment, and in many cases torture. Prisoners of war in Kerlile throughout the conflict had their human rights violated in numerous ways.

The Matriarchy of Kerlile is responsible for the mistreatment of prisoners from Lauchenoiria, Laeral, Libertas Omnium Maximus and Conternia, along with Slokais and Skoden. Regardless of the nationality of the prisoners they took, their horrific treatment of them was the same across the board – although did vary somewhat by age and gender.

Reports of individuals released following the signing of the Haven Accords are very consistent. Prisoners of war in Kerlile were often given only a single meal a day, most were made to sleep on the ground and they were often refused access to showers. Male prisoners were often denied access to toilets, although most female former prisoners do not report the same in that regard.

Many prisoners were also tortured for information after their initial capture. Reports of beating and waterboarding were the most common, but other methods have been reported too. Doctors who examined released prisoners after the end of the conflict have concluded that these individuals were indeed tortured.

Female prisoners under the age of 25 have reported attempts to ‘brainwash’ them, initially by being shown propaganda films, but reporting that if this did not succeed, techniques became harsher. Female prisoners of war reported being starved, forced to stand in small, dark rooms for extended periods of time and given electric shocks if they did not comply with Kerlian demands to perform tasks such as singing the Kerlian national anthem or stating that Kerlian propaganda was true. Prisoners of this age and gender group were forced to give their captors names of ‘subversive elements’ within their own number in exchange for food. The individuals whose names were given often disappeared, many of whom have since been reported dead.

Former prisoners of war reported witnessing the Kerlians shooting unarmed prisoners after being transported to Kerlile for reasons including, but not limited to insulting the matriarchy or being unable to stand in line. Female prisoners report being sorted into three groups after being taken forcibly to Kerlile – one of under 25s who were later subjected to the ‘brainwashing’ techniques, one of prisoners who were shot in front of the others, and the larger group which were then sent to a standard prison camp.

Prisoners who did not comply immediately with Kerlian demands were often subjected to lengthy periods of solitary confinement, during which time they were also often deprived of food, light or sleep. They were kept in extreme temperatures, and were not told when their ordeal would end.

Conditions of transport for prisoners have also been reported by various individuals, both from Lauchenoiria and Coalition countries, to have been disgraceful. Prisoners were often transported for a day at a time in overcrowded vans, hands bound, deprived of food or water. Deaths have been reported as a result of this mistreatment.

The gross mistreatment of prisoners of war by the Matriarchy of Kerlile is without a doubt the most heinous crime committed throughout the course of the conflict known as the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War. The illegal execution, torture and mistreatment of prisoners is on a horrific scale, and is only the latest in a long line of crimes against humanity committed by Kerlile.”

Arenas took his seat. He smiled and nodded at the Laeralian and Maximusian counsels, who he had consulted with on the case. He expected that they were a little jealous that he had been given this opportunity. Although, he noted with a shiver, he had now just declared himself an enemy of the Kerlian state, which was never a comfortable position to be in. Still, it was time that the Kerlians faced justice, and he was proud to have played this part in history.

*

Irene Sheridan was afraid of failure, a common trait among Kerlians, whose government were quick to punish it. She believed what she was about to say, she believed that Kerlile was right… but she also knew that the rest of the world rarely agreed with the Kerlian perspective. After hearing the Lauchenoirian counsel’s statement, pointedly avoiding eye contact with the male, she was ready to begin her defence of her homeland.

“Your honour, the statement given by Mr Arenas is littered with inaccuracies, and his evidence against the Matriarchy of Kerlile is flimsy at best. We reject utterly the claims that prisoners of war were ‘tortured’ in Kerlile. These so-called witnesses are unreliable – they have reason to dislike the Matriarchy solely due to their being taken prisoner, and therefore have reason to slander us.

The Lauchenoirian, Laeralian, Maximusian and Conternian governments have all had long-standing grudges against Kerlile, and are using this opportunity to band together to goad their citizens into making false statements in an attempt to punish Kerlile for our opposition to patriarchal rule. There is no hard evidence that any ‘torture’ or ‘mistreatment’ took place.

Physical scars sustained during prisoners’ time in Kerlian custody were often self-inflicted, by individuals either attempting to elicit sympathy from their peers over fabricated stories of ‘torture’, or by individuals who sadly struggled to cope mentally with their imprisonment. This is unfortunate, but is not a result of ‘mistreatment’ on our part. Other times, fights broke out between prisoners, resulting in scarring. While we tried our best to prevent these, they were difficult to predict, a result of the stress of imprisonment.

Unfortunately, there were a number of deaths of prisoners, as Mr Arenas has stated. However, these were not due to executions, but rather the unfortunate spread of an illness common in Kerlile but relatively unknown outside of our borders. While all Kerlian citizens are vaccinated against this virus as children, it seems no vaccination is available in other countries – something those running prison facilities did not know, so they did not realise at first what was happening. The cause of death was listed as such on the death certificates.

While it is understandable that Lauchenoiria and the Coalition nations are upset by the deaths of their citizens, it was a tragic natural occurrence that we have taken measures to prevent in the future. We are deeply sorry for the lives lost to this tragic illness, which killed many Kerlians back in the late 1980s. However, we did not murder these people.

The Matriarchy of Kerlile is not responsible for the crimes it has been accused of. The testimony of a few unnamed individuals is not hard evidence, and cannot be proven to be true. The Matriarchy of Kerlile is innocent.”

Sheridan took her seat and exhaled. She was shaking a little. It won’t be enough, she thought. Yet, she had done all she could. Now all she could do was wait, and hope that her best was good enough.

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Post by Sanctaria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:32 pm

"Ms. Sheridan", Churcher spoke breaking the silence. "How many POWs died while in the care of Kerlile? I imagine you kept records. Cause of death does not interest me at the moment - just the numbers, please."

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Sheridan flicked through a stack of paper, looking for the figure. She took her time, stalling, knowing that the answer would likely please nobody. "127 prisoners of war died in Kerlian custody, your honour," she said hesitantly.

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Post by Sanctaria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:43 pm

"Thank you, of a total of how many POWS? And while you're answering that, if you could also explain to me why exactly Kerlile had POWs in the first place? My understanding is no part of the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War fighting occured in the sovereign territory of Kerlile." Churcher peered over her half moon spectacles at the lawyer.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:51 pm

"There were 461 POWs in Kerlian custody," Sheridan said after once again searching for the figure. "Prisoners were taken primarily in the Lauchenoirian province of Yervia, where a Kerlian-led force spend considerable time fighting Lauchenoirian rebel terrorists who had taken over the city of Usera. There were few facilities for holding prisoners in that province, and we made the decision to move prisoners to a more suitable location, away from the threat of terror attacks, and the weather caused by the Lauchenoirian heatwave last August."

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Churcher made some notes in a pad. "So a quarter of your POWs died. That seems careless at best, wouldn't you agree?" Churcher started. "No need to answer that question, counsel."

Flicking a page back, Churcher looked again at Sheridan. "So you moved POWs of various nationalities out of the conflict zone and into Kerlile, without consideration to the necessary vaccinations that they would require". She clasped her hands on front of her. "Ms. Sheridan, if I wanted to visit southern Zamastan, for example, I know I need certain vaccinations. If I were to bring my grandchildren, as the guardian, it is my responsibility to ensure they are vaccinated. By assuming responsibilities for these POWs, Kerlile assumed a form of guardianship."

"I am assuming all Kerlian Border Agents, or whatever they're called in your nation, are aware of this need for vaccination, especially as from what you tell me even short-term stays can lead one to be affected by this seemingly fatal disease. Did you bring these POWs through normal ports of entry, and did you have them undergo physicals or other health checks?"

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 pm

"Uh," Sheridan hesitated, flicking through her notes once more. "Well, outbreaks are relatively rare as the vaccination is mandatory for Kerlian citizens. As you may know, Kerlile does not, uh, receive many visitors. There is a single official point of entry on the Kerlile-Lauchenoiria border, through which they were taken, but it appears that health checks, uh, neglected to occur in this case."

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Post by Sanctaria » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:13 pm

"Health checks neglected to occur", Churcher spoke aloud as she wrote on her pad. "Thank you Ms. Sheridan. A final question on this, but I may come back to you after I speak to your colleague on the opposite bench - did you treat male and female POWs differently?"

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