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Stanisic & Simatovic

Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic

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THE HAGUE | 03.05.2012.

STATE SECURITY PERSONNEL HAD FICTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS IN KOSOVO WHILE THEY SERVED IN KRAJINA AND BH

In the cross-examination of Franko Simatovic’s police expert, the prosecution showed the witness some documents that indicate Jovica Stanisic backdated the orders assigning Serbian secret service personnel to Kosovo. Stanisic signed the fictional orders after the Serbian State Security Personnel had already completed their combat missions in Krajina in 1991 and in BH in 1995. The prosecution contends that this was done to cover up the unlawful activities of the Serbian secret service. The witness didn’t want to confirm this
THE HAGUE | 02.05.2012.

SAFEGUARDING ‘AUTONOMY’ OF SERBS OUTSIDE SERBIA

Franko Simatovic’s police expert says that the Serbian State Security Service was obliged by the Serbian Constitution to act to ‘protect the national, cultural and historical autonomy’ of Serbs outside Serbia. This supports the defense’s argument that when the accused was in Krajina in the early 1990s he was acting within the powers given to him by the law, gathering intelligence to protect the interests of Serbia and of the Serbs in Krajina
THE HAGUE | 01.05.2012.

‘INTEGRATIVE CHARACTER’ OF MUP AND SERBIAN STATE SECURITY SERVICE

Milan Milosevic, who teaches at the Police Academy in Belgrade, was asked by Franko Simatovic’s defense to write an expert report. In the report, Milosevic says that the Police Act of the Republic of Serbia advocated cooperation between the police forces in the republics and had ‘an integrative character’. When he was called to explain how the Serbian MUP took over the federal MUP in Belgrade, Milosevic said that it was done to ‘streamline the operation and cut costs’
THE HAGUE | 20.04.2012.

PROSECUTION AND STANISIC’S DEFENSE DON'T AGREE OVER MLADIC’S DIARIES

The prosecution has dismissed the claims made by Jovica Stanisic’s defense that it has changed its position on Mladic’s diaries, recalling that from the moment when the diaries were discovered and translated, the prosecution has always claimed they are authentic. The prosecution has allowed that the diaries might not be complete and that there could be other notebooks that have not been found yet
THE HAGUE | 29.03.2012.

STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC TRIAL ADJOURNED FOR A MONTH

The trial of the former chiefs of the Serbian State Security Service will be adjourned until the end of April 2012. In May 2012, the defense of the second accused Franko Simatovic will bring his case to its end. The parties were ordered to be ready to submit their final briefs before the beginning of Tribunal’s summer recess in late July 2012, although the deadline is tentative
THE HAGUE | 26.03.2012.

BRITISH AMBASSADOR’S VIVID RECOLLECTIONS

As former British ambassador to Belgrade, Sir Ivor Roberts, said, he thought the Bosnian Serb leadership was ‘the Frankenstein’s monster’ who no longer obeyed its creator Milosevic, ‘the arsonist’ behind the Balkan wars. Sir Roberts thought Ratko Mladic was ‘mentally deranged’. As for Jovica Stanisic, whose defense called him to give evidence, Sir Ivor Roberts described him as the ‘messenger who carried Milosevic’s threats’
THE HAGUE | 21.03.2012.

FRAUD OR NOT FRAUD

Forensic document examiner David Browne called by Jovica Stanisic’s defense contends that most of Ratko Mladic’s notebooks ‘contain some anomalies but there is no definitive proof of fraud’. As the expert witness explained, the damage sustained by one of the notebooks is the ‘strongest indicator of possible forgery in the whole series’, but it didn’t necessarily mean that the notebooks were actually forged
THE HAGUE | 20.03.2012.

‘ANOMALIES’ IN MLADIC’S NOTEBOOKS

David Browne, forensic document examiner called by Jovica Stanisic as his expert witness, contends there are ‘anomalies’ in Ratko Mladic’s notebooks. Some sheets are not ‘aligned’, there is a half page missing in one of the notebooks, the handwriting is too tidy and the ‘chronology” of the notebooks makes them only partially reliable in terms of their truthfulness
THE HAGUE | 14.03.2012.

WITNESS WITH A SHADY PAST

The prosecutor today tendered into evidence an intelligence report stating that Goran Opacic a/k/a Klempo, former member of the Krajina special unit, who has been called to testify by Franko Simatovic’s defense, was responsible for the murder of a prisoner in the Knin prison, using forged documents, theft of household appliances and cigarette smuggling. The prosecutor produced two judgments in which Opacic was found guilty of assault in Loznica and of murder of civilians in Skabrnja. ‘It’s all lies and fabrications’, the witness replied
THE HAGUE | 13.03.2012.

WHAT DID THE WITNESS DO IN SKABRNJA?

Former member of the Knindza unit and of the Benkovac Territorial Defense Goran Opacic has testified today in the defense of Franko Simatovic. Opacic contends that the JNA reports –identifying him as one of the perpetrators of the crimes against Croat civilians in the villages of Skabrnja and Nadin are false. Opacic claims that he and his men never ‘even hit, let alone kill any civilians’. The witness denied any ties with the Serbian State Security Service

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