THE HAGUE | 31.08.2008.
Next Week at the Tribunal

PETKOVIC ON TRIAL FOR CONTEMPT

Former chief of the SRS War Staff Ljubisa Petkovic will appear before court on Wednesday on contempt charges after failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the Tribunal. The prosecution continues its case at two trials: for crimes committed in Operation Storm and the trial for Visegrad crimes. The defense will call its evidence at the trial of the six former Herceg Bosna leaders and at the trial of the seven Bosnian Serb military and police officers indicted for crimes in Srebrenica and Zepa

The trial of Ljubisa Petkovic, former chief of the Serbian Radical Party War Staff will be held on Wednesday, 3 September 2008. It is expected to last just one day. Petkovic is on trial for contempt of court, for ‘knowingly and intentionally obstructing justice’. He didn’t comply with a subpoena issued by the Trial Chamber ordering him to testify at the trial of Vojislav Seselj, Serbian Radical Party leader accused of crimes in BH, Croatia and Vojvodina from 1991 to 1995. Seselj’s trial is currently suspended pending the decision on a number of motions that have to do with the original prosecution motion calling for the assignment of defense counsel to the accused in order to stop the terror campaign against witnesses, conducted by the accused and his legal advisers, as the prosecution alleged.

Branislava Isailovic, representing Ljubisa Petkovic, indicated she wanted to call four witnesses, including the accused himself. Petkovic has been in the Tribunal’s Detention Unit since 28 May 2008. The Trial Chamber decided not to grant provisional release pending trial.

Next week, the prosecution goes on with its case at two trials: that of Croatian generals Ante Gotovina, Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac, for crimes during and after Operation Storm, and the trial of Milan and Sredoje Lukic, charged with crimes in Visegrad from 1992 to 1994. The defense of former Herceg Bosna prime minister Jadranko Prlic will call its new witness on Monday. The defense continues with its case at the trial of seven former VRS officers accused of genocide and other crimes in Srebrenica and Zepa in 1995.

There will be a status conference in the case against Momcilo Perisic, former chief of the VJ General Staff. Perisic will go on trial for allegedly providing assistance in personnel, logistics and funds to the Serb forces involved in the shelling of Sarajevo and Zagreb and in the capture of Srebrenica. Perisic has been released pending trial and is expected to appear in the Hague on 18 September, on the eve of the trial, scheduled to begin on 1 October 2008.