DEN HAAG | 22.05.2016.
Next Week at the Tribunal

“STATUS” WEEK

Status conferences have been scheduled in the cases against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin as well as in the proceedings against six former Herceg Bosna leaders headed by Jadranko Prlic

Three status conferences are scheduled next week at the Tribunal and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.

On Monday, 23 May 2016, there will be a status conference in the case against former chiefs of the Serbian State Security, Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Since the quashing of the trial judgment, Stanisic and Simatovic have been waiting for a re-trial before the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Preparations for the new trial and the possible trial date will be discussed at the status conference. The accused Stanisic and Simatovic have been in Serbia since December 2015, when the judges granted them provisional release.

Two status conferences are slated for Wednesday, 25 May 2016. The first to appear in court are former Bosnian Serb police officials, Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin. They are in the Tribunal’s Detention Unit, awaiting the final sentence from the Appeals Chamber. The Trial Chamber sentenced Stanisic and Zupljanin to 22 years each. At the appellate hearing in December 2015 the prosecution called for harsher sentences for the two accused. The defense, on the other hand, asked for a mistrial because of the purported bias of Judge Harhoff. Alternatively, they want milder sentences for Stanisic and Zupljanin. At the status conference on Wednesday the judges are expected to announce the date when the appellate judgment is to be handed down.

Finally, on Wednesday afternoon there will be a status conference in the appellate proceedings in the case against six former Herceg Bosna leaders. The accused were convicted of crimes committed in 1993 and 1994 during the Croat-Muslim conflict. In May 2013, the Trial Chamber sentenced former Herceg Bosna prime minister Jadranko Prlić to 25 years, defense minister Bruno Stojic and HVO commanders Slobodan Praljak and Milivoj Petkovic to 20 years each, military police commander Valentin Coric to 16 years and the head of the HVO prisoner exchange office Berislav Pusic to 10 years in prison. The appellate hearing is expected to take place in the second half of 2016 and the final sentence will likely be rendered in November 2017.