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22.11.2017.

LIFE SENTENCE FOR RATKO MLADIC

Former VRS Main Staff commander was found guilty today of the part he had played in four joint criminal enterprises and was sentenced to life in prison. The accused was removed from court while the judgment summary was read out because he loudly complained and cursed the judges. The prosecutor is happy with the sentence Mladic received for the 'most heinous crimes known to humanity', while the defense vows to fight on in the appellate proceedings
14.10.2017.

SENSE DOCUMENTATION CENTER OPENS IN PULA

Opening ceremony for the SENSE documentation center for transitional justice was held in Pula in the presence of Serge Brammertz, the Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY and the war crimes prosecutors from Croatia, B-H and Serbia, representatives of the City of Pula and numerous guests from the region and the world.
21.09.2017.

INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE “ICTY: THE KOSOVO CASE” PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC

The most recent interactive narrative produced by SENSE – Transitional justice center was presented to the public in Prishtina. It explains how the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia investigated, reconstructed and prosecuted the crimes committed in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999
28.06.2017.

DID MILOSEVIC CONTROL KNIN AND PALE?

In the cross-examination of General John Wilson, Stanisic's defense lawyer strove to challenge the witness's claim that Slobodan Milosevic 'pulled all the strings and was the political power behind the entire conflict', and that he controlled the Serb leaderships in Krajina and in BH. The defense is thus trying to refute the prosecution case, which is that Milosevic in fact exercised this control through his State Security Service
07.06.2017.

BRAMMERTZ SOUNDS ALARM ABOUT WESTERN BALKANS DEVELOPMENTS

In his regular biannual report to the UN Security Council, the Tribunal’s Chief Prosecutor warns that the region is heading in the wrong direction, adding that “irresponsible officials use division, discrimination and hate to secure power”. The situation, he said, is reminiscent of the events that led to the war two and a half decades ago
28.03.2017.

DOUBLE HERCEG BOSNA LEADERS’ SENTENCES, PROSECUTION ASKS ON APPEAL

The prosecution contends the Appeals Chamber should double the sentences the former Bosnian Croat leaders received at trial: they should get a total of 225 years in prison for the crimes committed in 1993 and 1994 in Herceg Bosna
20.03.2017.

PRLIC: HVO WAS THE ‘ONLY MULTI-ETHNIC ARMY’

The defense of the former Herceg Bosna prime minister Jadranko Prlic has called for his conviction to be quashed. According to Prlic, the Croatian Community of Herceg Bosna was established in response to the obvious inability of BH to defend itself against the Serb aggression and to the ‘collapse of the government’ in Sarajevo. It was in fact ‘a community comprising municipalities which functioned as part of BH’
28.02.2017.

MLADIC’S MOTION ALLEGING UNFAIR TRIAL REJECTED

The Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber rejected today Ratko Mladic’s interlocutory appeal against the Trial Chamber’s decision issued in July 2016. As alleged by the defense, the trial decision violated the right of the accused to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence
13.12.2016.

DEFENSE: ACQUIT MLADIC OR SENTENCE HIM TO NO MORE THAN 5 TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON

On the last day of the closing arguments, Mladic’s defense lawyer Ivetic denied Mladic was responsible for the terror campaign in Sarajevo, genocide in Srebrenica and taking UN staff hostage. According to the defense, Mladic should be acquitted. If, however, the judges do find him guilty, his prison sentence should not exceed five to 15 years
12.12.2016.

A SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE, NOT GENOCIDE

The army headed by the accused Ratko Mladic did not ethnically cleanse large swathes of BH territory, defense counsel Dragan Ivetic argued as the defense continued presenting their closing arguments. Ivetic also contested the allegation that in Prijedor and some other municipalities the troops under Mladic’s command had committed genocide. Non-Serbs didn’t leave their homes under pressure and violence but because ‘there was no electricity, medicines, water and food’. They left in search of a better life, Ivetic told the court

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