DEN HAAG | 26.06.2016.
Next Week at the Tribunal

STANISIC AND ZUPLJANIN JUDGMENT DUE ON THURSDAY

On Thursday, 30 June, the Tribunal's Appeals Chamber will deliver the final judgment in the case against the former Bosnian Serb police chiefs, Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin

In March 2013, the first wartime interior minister in the Republika Srpska, Mico Stanisic, and the former head of the Banja Luka Security Services Centre Stojan Zupljanin were convicted by the trial chamber of crimes committed in 1992 against Muslims and Croats in twenty-odd municipalities Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were both sentenced to 22 years in prison. Both the prosecution and the two defense teams appealed the first-instance judgment.

At the appellate hearing last December, the prosecution asked the judges to 'substantially increase' the sentence, to 30 to 40 years, calling the 22-year sentence clearly'inadequate'. The defense wanted the appeals chamber to acquit the accused on all counts in the indictment or to substantially reduce the sentence. The defense teams also demanded that the proceedings be terminated or for a re-trial, because one of the trial judges, Frederik Harhoff from Denmark, was disqualified from the chamber hearing the case against Vojislav Seselj because of his purported bias.

The Appeals Chamber will deliver its judgment at 3:30 p.m.