DEN HAAG | 05.02.2016.

PUBLIC HEARING ON SERBIA’S NON-COMPLIANCE SLATED FOR NEXT WEEK

The Tribunal’s Trial Chamber I is not happy with the first report from Belgrade specifying actions taken to implement the arrest warrant for the three Serbian Radical Party members who are wanted for contempt of court. The judges have decided to schedule a public hearing for Wednesday, 10 February 2016 to discuss Serbia’s non-compliance and the failure of Serbian authorities to comply with a binding order issued by an international court. The Serbian government has been invited to send ‘authorized and informed representatives’ to the hearing
DEN HAAG | 03.02.2016.

POLICE OFFICER DID NOT CONCERN HIMSELF WITH CRIMES

Mile Matijevic, former employee of the Banja Luka Security Services Center, has claimed at Ratko Mladic’s trial that he didn’t know anything about the crimes against non-Serbs in Jajce, Banja Luka, Bosanski Novi, Prijedor and Kotor Varos. The witness never heard of Koricanske Stijene, noting that there were some ‘clues' indicating that crimes were being committed in the Omarska prison camp, but then, in 1995, he began his career in education
Den Haag | 02.02.2016.

CONTROVERSIAL LIST CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL NAMES

As the prosecutor cross-examined Mladic's expert witness, he emphasized that the alleged 'controversial cases' highlighted on Pavlovic's list of Srebrenica men who were killed in July 1995 as they were trying to break through towards Tuzla are not controversial at all: the witness merely failed to take into account all the available documents on the fate of those men
Den Haag | 01.02.2016.
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ON 'SOLVING' THE PROBLEM OF BODIES IN BURIED IN TOMASICA

Mile Matijevic, former employee of the Banja Luka SUP, is expected to testify at the trial of Ratko Mladic. Matijevic was present at a meeting when Simo Drljaca asked the VRS to help and remove ‘the bodies of about 5,000 Muslims’ buried in the Tomasica mine near Prijedor. Defense expert witness Dusan Pavlovic will be cross-examined next week. At the defense’s request, Pavlovic analyzed the losses the BH Army had suffered in the breakthrough from Srebrenica in the summer of 1995
THE HAGUE | 18.12.2015.

STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC DENIED RESPONSIBILITY

In 2003 at their initial appearance before the Tribunal Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic pleaded not guilty on all counts in the indictment. Today the accused did the same and immediately submitted an urgent motion for provisional release pending the beginning of the new trial
THE HAGUE | 17.12.2015.

JUDGES APPOINTED FOR STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC RETRIAL

The President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals has appointed a trial chamber which will retry Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. The members are Burton Hall, a judge at the Tribunal in The Hague, and two former judges of the Rwanda Tribunal. The initial appearance has been slated for Friday, 18 December 2015 at 2:30 pm
THE HAGUE | 17.12.2015.

WHAT CARL BILDT KNEW ABOUT SREBRENICA

In his book Carl Bildt has claimed that ‘probably as many as 4,000 persons or even more were killed when the column of people from Srebrenica was trying to break through the encirclement of the Serb forces. Mladic’s defense expert confirmed that the allegation was ‘referential’. The claim prompted Judge Orie to quote a sentence from the same book stating that ‘in the five days of the massacre Mladic organized an execution of more than 3,000 persons’
THE HAGUE | 16.12.2015.

STANISIC AND ZUPLJANIN WANT PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED, PROSECUTION CALLS FOR STIFFER SENTENCE

At the appellate hearing today, the defense teams of Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin presented their arguments in support of their demand for the trial judgment to be quashed or for the sentence of 22 years in prison to be reduced. Their demands center on the possibility that the proceedings against them may be terminated because of the 'impression' that one of the judges in their trial chamber, Frederik Harhoff, was 'biased'. The prosecution has rejected those demands and has called for stiffer sentences, in the range from 30 to 40 years
THE HAGUE | 16.12.2015.

PROSECUTION: STIFFER SENTENCES FOR ‘THOSE WHO SET THE SCENE' FOR CRIMES

In a very interesting comparative analysis, the prosecutor noted that sentences imposed on Stanisic and Zupljanin were only slightly higher or indeed in some cases milder than those meted out to the direct perpetrators of crimes, although Stanisic and Zupljanin were convicted of crimes that resulted in ‘six-figure number of victims’. The prosecutor consequently called their sentences to be increased from 22 to 30 or 40 years in prison. At the end of the appellate hearing the two accused addressed the Appeals Chamber
THE HAGUE | 15.12.2015.

SELF-SHELLING FOR ‘THE RIGHT CAUSE’

A protected witness called by General Ratko Mladic’s defense argues that the shelling of the Markale town marked was arranged at a meeting of the former Bosnian Muslim political, military and religious leadership to provoke a ‘military intervention of the international community’
THE HAGUE | 15.12.2015.

STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC BACK TO SQUARE ONE

The Appeals Chamber led by Judge Fausto Pocar has found that the Trial Chamber made two serious legal errors in its judgment in the case against the two Serbian State Security Service chiefs. The first error pertains to their contribution to the joint criminal enterprise and the second stems from the application of the legal standard of specific direction. The Appeals Chamber has concluded that a new Trial Chamber should be appointed to hear the case on all counts in the indictment. Stanisic and Simatovic have been remanded in custody
THE HAGUE | 14.12.2015.

MLADIC’S EXPERT ON SREBRENICA COLUMN OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS

Dusan Pavlovic testified at the trial of Ratko Mladic today. He had been asked by the defense to write an expert report on the losses of the BH Army during the breakthrough from Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. Through Pavlovic’s evidence, the defense tried to prove that the thousands of victims from Srebrenica, exhumed from the mass graves, had in fact been killed in combat
THE HAGUE | 13.12.2015.
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APPELLATE JUDGMENT IN STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC CASE DUE NEXT WEEK, MIGHT NOT BE FINAL

The appellate judgment in the case against former Serbian secret police chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic will be rendered on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 at 3pm. The next day, the Appeals Chamber will hold the appellate hearing in the case against Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin, former Bosnian Serb police officials. Ratko Mladic’s defense has indicated it will call Dusan Pavlovic, former head of the exhumations in the BH Institute for Missing Persons, and a protected witness
THE HAGUE | 11.12.2015.

THE HAGUE: ORIC CAN STAND TRIAL IN SARAJEVO

Liu Daqun, a judge of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, has rejected Naser Oric’s motion in which he petitioned the Mechanism to order the BH State Court to terminate the war crime proceedings him. Oric was the BH Army commander in Srebrenica during the war. The Chinese judge is not convinced that the BH State Court would try Oric for the same crimes that he has already been tried by the Tribunal
THE HAGUE | 10.12.2015.

SNIPERS ‘WERE ONLY KIDDING’

In his evidence in Mladic’s defense former UNPROFOR member Sergey Moroz has played down the suffering of Sarajevo citizens during the war-time siege. When the prosecutor told him that Serb snipers would open fire at UN troops, Moroz said that he had been targeted too, but in his opinion, the shooters were ‘only kidding’ and they did not actually want to kill him