Den Haag | 19.04.2016.

DEFENSE EXPERT: TOMASICA VICTIMS COULD HAVE DIED IN COMBAT

Dr. Zoran Stankovic, a forensic expert from Belgrade, has again been critical of the findings of the British and Bosnian pathologist who had carried out the post mortems on the victims from the Tomasica mass grave. The defense expert couldn’t understand why only ‘basic equipment’ had been used in the morgue: the staff had not used an x-ray machine or a fluoroscope and they had not consulted the victims’ medical charts. Dr. Stankovic noted that the victims exhumed from Tomasica may not have been executed but killed in combat
Den Haag | 18.04.2016.

HOW DEFENSE EXPERT CHALLENGES PROSECUTION EXPERTISE

According to Mladic's defense expert Zoran Stankovic, the report on Tomasica drafted by British pathologist John Clark is ‘inadmissible’ as evidence in the proceedings because of Clark’s ‘informal’ role in the exhumations and post mortems. Stankovic cannot understand how Clark could ‘stoop so low’ as to take photos of post mortems
THE HAGUE | 15.04.2016.
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MLADIC’S DEFENSE TO REST ITS CASE ‘AT A SNAIL'S PACE’

The defense of the former VRS Main Staff commander intends to call just three witnesses before resting their case. The first witness is a pathologist from Belgrade, medical doctor Zoran Stankovic. As a defense’s expert, Dr. Stankovic will try to contest the findings related to the mass grave exhumations in Srebrenica, Tomasica and other locations listed in the indictment against Ratko Mladic
DEN HAAG | 06.04.2016.

RADOVAN KARADZIC’S ‘CATALOGUE OF GENERAL COMPLAINTS’

At an extraordinary status conference, Radovan Karadzic told the judges he was ‘astonished’ when he received the 40-year prison sentence, as he had already packed his bags to go home. The accused complained about the conditions in the Detention Unit, demanding an inquiry into the rash of malignant diseases among the inmates. Since his health has been steadily ‘deteriorating’ over the years, Karadzic wants the judges to set him free pending the appellate judgment
Den Haag | 06.04.2016.

"INDEFINITE STAY" OF HADZIC’S TRIAL

The majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have concluded that Goran Hadzic ‘for the time being’ is not able to stand trial and have decided to “stay the proceedings indefinitely”. In his separate opinion, Judge Mindua notes that he cannot reach a decision without the opinions of independent medical experts. According to Judge Mindua, both Hadzic and the victims deserve a ‘formal judgment’
DEN HAAG | 05.04.2016.

STATUS CONFERENCE ON KARADZIC’S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

On Wednesday, 6 April 2016 there will be a status conference in the case against former Republika Srpska president Radovan Karadzic. The hearing will focus on Karadzic’s mental and physical health following his sentencing on 24 March 2016, when he was sentenced to 40 years in prison
DEN HAAG | 01.04.2016.

PROSECUTION AGAINST CROATIA’S ROLE IN PRLIC ET AL. CASE

According to the prosecution, Croatia’s motion should be rejected for three reasons: under the Tribunal’s rules, Croatia does not meet the requirements that would allow it to take part in the proceedings as amicus curiae, the information it intends to present will not assist the Appeals Chamber in its deliberations and the late Franjo Tudjman, Gojko Susak and Janko Bobetko ‘will not benefit’ in any way from the right to a fair trial in the context of the Prlic et al. case
DEN HAAG | 31.03.2016.

CHIEF PROSECUTOR: WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE TAMPERED WITH

A number of factual and legal findings made by the majority of judges in the Trial Chamber, which acquitted Vojislav Seselj today, mark a departure from the Tribunal’s established jurisprudence, chief prosecutor Brammertz said after the verdict. We are considering the grounds for appeal against the judgment, Brammertz said
31.03.2016.

JUSTICE MISCARRIED

The majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber, French judge Antonetti and Judge Niang from Senegal, have acquitted Vojislav Seselj of all counts in the indictment charging him with crimes against humanity in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the judges, the prosecution had not done its job properly. Italian judge Lattanzi, the third member of the Trial Chamber, attached a strongly-worded dissenting opinion
DEN HAAG | 29.03.2016.

FLORENCE HARTMANN RELEASED AFTER SERVING TWO THIRDS OF HER SENTENCE

After Florence Hartmann has served three thirds of her seven-day prison sentence, President Theodor Meron granted her early release. The President issued the decision in order to ensure ‘equal treatment’ of all the convicted individuals, and in light of the demonstrated degree of rehabilitation and exemplary conduct in prison
28.03.2016.
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THE FIRST “JUDGMENT IN ABSENTIA”

Despite the fact that the Tribunal’s Statute doesn’t allow trials in the absence of the accused, on Thursday, Judge Antonetti’s Trial Chamber will render its judgment in the case against Vojislav Seselj in his absence.
DEN HAAG | 26.03.2016.

FLORENCE HARTMANN IN ISOLATION AND UNDER ROUND-THE-CLOCK SURVEILLANCE

Upon her transfer to the UN Detention Unit, former spokeswoman of the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor has been segregated from the rest of the detainees, placed in isolation and under round-the-clock surveillance. Her lawyer considers the regime to be 'unnecessary, unjustified and disproportionate', but cannot lodge a complaint because the management of the detention unit are away for the Easter holiday
Den Haag | 24.03.2016.

RADOVAN KARADZIC SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON

The former Republika Srpska president was found guilty of 10 out of a total of 11 counts in the indictment and was sentenced to 40 years prison. The Trial Chamber was not convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the crimes in the seven municipalities had been committed with the intent to commit genocide. The judges took Karadzic’s withdrawal from public functions in July 1996, the regret he had expressed and his good behavior in the detention unit as mitigating circumstances
Den Haag | 24.03.2016.

FLORENCE HARTMANN ARRESTED

Less than two hours before Radovan Karadzic was due to hear his verdict, Florence Hartmann was arrested on the lawn in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The victims who also gathered there tried unsuccessfully to shield her with their bodies. Former chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte was ‘shocked’ by the news of Hartmann’s arrest