DEN HAAG | 25.05.2016.

APPELLATE JUDGMENT FOR STANISIC AND ZUPLJANIN IN LATE JUNE 2016

It has been announced at the last status conference in the case against the former Bosnian Serb police leader that the Appeals Chamber would render its judgment in late June 2016

The Appeals Chamber will hand down its judgment in the case against Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin, former Bosnian Serb police chiefs, in late June 2016, presiding judge Agius announced at the status conference today.

The two accused had no complaints about their health and the conditions in the Detention Unit. As the defense didn’t raise any issues either, it took less than 10 minutes to conclude the status conference.
In March 2013, former Republika Srpska police minister Mico Stanisic and former head of the Banja Luka Security Services Center Stojan Zupljanin were convicted of crimes against Muslims and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The accused were both sentenced to 22 years in prison.
At the appellate hearing held in December 2015, the prosecution called for a ‘substantially harsher sentence’, arguing that the sentence imposed by the Trial Chamber was ‘inadequate’. The defense called for the acquittal of the accused on all counts in the indictment, or a milder sentence. Alternatively, the defense asked the judges to either terminate the proceedings or to order a re-trial because one of the three trial judges, Frederik Harhoff from Denmark, had been on the panel that tried Vojislav Seselj and had been disqualified from that trial chamber.