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Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic

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THE HAGUE | 18.07.2012.

STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC ON PROVISIONAL RELEASE UNTIL OCTOBER 2012

The motions filed by the former Serbian State Security chiefs to spend their ‘summer holidays’ in Serbia was granted. The accused should return to The Hague immediately before the closing arguments, scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 October 2012. They may have to return to The Hague for a while during their term of provisional release
THE HAGUE | 07.06.2012.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER

Judge Orie’s Trial Chamber ordered the parties at the administrative hearing to submit their final briefs by 21 August 2012. The closing arguments will be presented from 11 to 13 September 2012
THE HAGUE | 30.05.2012.

FRANKO SIMATOVIC’S DEFENSE RESTS ITS CASE

The prosecution contested the claims made by Simatovic’s last witness that the only reason why the accused was in Knin in 1991 was to monitor and wire-tap Dragan Vasiljkovic. The prosecution showed a document stating that the communications equipment were issued to the special police training center in Golubic near Knin ‘on Frenki’s orders’. Captain Dragan was an instructor in the center
THE HAGUE | 24.05.2012.

FRENKI DOGGING CAPTAIN DRAGAN’S HEELS

Franko Simatovic’s last witness claims that the accused was in Knin in 1991 to follow Captain Dragan Vasiljkovic who was a target of a surveillance operation. The prosecution contends that Simatovic visited Knin to help Krajina Serbs to prepare for war
THE HAGUE | 23.05.2012.

WITNESS: JOVICA STANISIC ‘PROTECTED THE SERVICE FROM POLITICS’

Former employee of the Serbian State Security Service Rade Vujovic contends that when the accused Stanisic and Simatovic ran the Service, it ‘had no political leanings’. When the new chief Rade Markovic was appointed, he immediately demanded from the personnel to give their ‘full loyalty to the president, the country and the party’. The defense’s motion for Stanisic’s medical treatment outside of the Tribunal and the Detention Unit was denied
THE HAGUE | 22.05.2012.

FRANKO SIMATOVIC ‘BURSTING WITH ENERGY’

Franko Simatovic’s former colleague from the Serbian State Security Service Rade Vujovic says the accused served as advisor to the service chief Jovica Stanisic for intelligence-gathering matters. According to Vujovic, Simatovic was ‘bursting with energy’ and was willing to implement new technologies. Vujovic denied that Simatovic worked in the Second Administration and that he was the Red Berets commander
THE HAGUE | 15.05.2012.

PROSECUTION: SIMATOVIC INVOLVED IN SECURITY SERVICE ACTIONS IN EASTERN BOSNIA

In 1993, the Serbian State Security Service units took part in the fighting in eastern Bosnia. The accused Simatovic was involved in the planning of those actions, together with the VRS and VJ top brass, the prosecution contends. Simatovic’s defense witness couldn’t confirm it, insisting that at the time he was ‘nothing but a border guard’
THE HAGUE | 10.05.2012.

IS IT LOGICAL THAT SAO KRAJINA IS PART OF SERBIA?

The defense expert denied that a document with Franko Simatovic’s signature was authentic because the letterhead said ‘SAO Krajina – Republic of Serbia’. This was ‘not logical’, the expert said. The prosecutor then showed a decision of the Krajina authorities from May 1991 annexing Krajina to Serbia. The witness agreed that the letterhead ‘is indeed logical’
THE HAGUE | 09.05.2012.

THE ORIGINS OF ‘RED BERETS’

Franko Simatovic’s police expert contends that the Serbian State Security Service special unit was first formed in August 1993. It was called the Anti-Terrorist Unit at the time. The prosecutor showed him documents which indicate that the unit existed already in 1991 under a different name: the Special Operations Unit. The witness claims that the unit didn’t officially have a commander. The prosecutor insisted that the accused Franko Simatovic was its commander
THE HAGUE | 08.05.2012.

SECRET POLICE DID NOT INTERFERE IN POLITICS

As he was questioned by the defense, Professor Milan Milosevic claimed that in the Serbian secret service there was a ‘culture’ of non-interference in politics and avoiding illegal surveillance. Milosevic reached this conclusion based on the fact there had been no illegal surveillance scandals in the public while the accused Stanisic and Simatovic were chiefs of the Serbian State Security Service

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