24.03.2017.

PETKOVIC DENIES HE WAS PART OF CRIMINAL PLAN

The defense of the former HVO Main Staff commander Milivoj Petkovic claims there was no plan to ethnically cleans Muslims from Herceg Bosna, that the ethnic composition of every town and village in Herceg Bosna remained unchanged, and that the Croat-Muslim conflict was caused on 30 June by the ‘treason’ on the part of the Muslim soldiers in HVO ranks. The Herceg Bosna authorities had to respond and take measures lest they should lose the entire Mostar region
22.03.2017.

PRALJAK’S DEFENSE: NOTHING HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED PROPERLY

Slobodan Praljak’s defense considers that the trial judgment is ‘incomplete, confusing, contradictory and incomprehensible’ and should therefore be set aside, Praljak’s conviction should be quashed or a retrial ordered
22.03.2017.

TRIBUNAL SEEKS ASSISTANCE FROM BH AND CROATIA IN BID TO COLLECT PRALJAK’S DEBT

The authorities in Sarajevo and Zagreb have been invited to state in writing by 5 April what they would be in a position to do to assist the Tribunal in its bid to recover more than 208 million euros owed to it by the accused Slobodan Praljak
21.03.2017.

MLADIC WANTS TO GO TO RUSSIAN HOSPITAL

In its motion, the defense sounds the alarm on the sudden deterioration of the health of the former VRS Main Staff commander and urges the court to allow the accused to travel to Russia urgently, citing humanitarian and medical reasons
20.03.2017.

PRLIC: HVO WAS THE ‘ONLY MULTI-ETHNIC ARMY’

The defense of the former Herceg Bosna prime minister Jadranko Prlic has called for his conviction to be quashed. According to Prlic, the Croatian Community of Herceg Bosna was established in response to the obvious inability of BH to defend itself against the Serb aggression and to the ‘collapse of the government’ in Sarajevo. It was in fact ‘a community comprising municipalities which functioned as part of BH’
28.02.2017.

MLADIC’S MOTION ALLEGING UNFAIR TRIAL REJECTED

The Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber rejected today Ratko Mladic’s interlocutory appeal against the Trial Chamber’s decision issued in July 2016. As alleged by the defense, the trial decision violated the right of the accused to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence
14.02.2017.

ICTY WANTS INTERPOL TO ISSUE RED NOTICE FOR INDICTED RADICAL PARTY MEMBERS

The Trial Chamber hearing the case of against the three Serbian Radical Party members indicted for contempt of court has ordered the ICTY Registry to seek Interpol’s assistance in a bid to put a stop to the obstruction of justice on the part of the accused and the Serbian authorities
01.02.2017.

EXPERTS CONTRADICT KARADZIC: TRIBUNAL'S DETENTION UNIT IS NOT 'CARCINOGENIC'

Following a spate of complaints from Radovan Karadzic about the 'toxic environment' and 'a high malignancy rate' in the UN Detention Unit, the Tribunal's Registry turned to the Medical Centre of the Erasmus University to investigate the claims. Its expert team investigated the matter over a period of several months and concluded there is no causal relationship between the conditions in the detention unit and the malignant diseases of some of the detainees
19.12.2016.

NARRATIVE TARGETING HISTORY AND MEMORY PRESENTED IN KOSOVO

After Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Podgorica, the interactive narrative Targeting History and Memory was presented last week in Kosovo in two events, in Priština and in the Visoki Dečani monastery
15.12.2016.

LAST TRIBUNAL TRIAL ENDS

The end of the second round of closing arguments by the prosecution and defense in the case against Ratko Mladic today marked the end of the last trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Any future trials (i.e. retrials and contempt of court proceedings) will be held before the Tribunal’s successor, the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
14.12.2016.

STATUS CONFERENCE IN STANISIC AND SIMATOVIC RETRIAL

The scope of the case and the health of Stanisic, former head of the Serbian State Security Service, were discussed today at the status conference in the case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic which set for a retrial. Stanisic and his erstwhile deputy Simatovic are charged with crimes against non-Serbs between 1991 and 1995
13.12.2016.

DEFENSE: ACQUIT MLADIC OR SENTENCE HIM TO NO MORE THAN 5 TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON

On the last day of the closing arguments, Mladic’s defense lawyer Ivetic denied Mladic was responsible for the terror campaign in Sarajevo, genocide in Srebrenica and taking UN staff hostage. According to the defense, Mladic should be acquitted. If, however, the judges do find him guilty, his prison sentence should not exceed five to 15 years
12.12.2016.

A SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE, NOT GENOCIDE

The army headed by the accused Ratko Mladic did not ethnically cleanse large swathes of BH territory, defense counsel Dragan Ivetic argued as the defense continued presenting their closing arguments. Ivetic also contested the allegation that in Prijedor and some other municipalities the troops under Mladic’s command had committed genocide. Non-Serbs didn’t leave their homes under pressure and violence but because ‘there was no electricity, medicines, water and food’. They left in search of a better life, Ivetic told the court
09.12.2016.

MLADIC’S DEFENSE: PROSECUTION FAILED TO MEET BURDEN OF PROOF

On the first day of its closing arguments, Ratko Mladic’s defense argued that the prosecution had failed to meet the burden of proof. According to lawyers Branko Lukic and Dragan Ivetic, the prosecution did not prove Mladic’s guilt ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ and the accused should therefore be acquitted on all counts in the indictment
07.12.2016.

PROSECUTOR CALLS FOR LIFE SENTENCE FOR RATKO MLADIC

Concluding the prosecution’s closing argument at Ratko Mladic’s trial, prosecutor Alan Tieger noted that ‘any sentence but the gravest one foreseen by the law would be an insult to the victims and an affront to justice’