Stanisic & Simatovic
Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic
THE HAGUE | 21.11.2011.
For months, the representatives of the Republic of Serbia and Jovica Stanisic’s defense haven’t been able to agree on the delivery of the documents from the Serbian security service archives. Today, an agreement was reached during a one-hour break at the hearing, which dealt with the defense’s motion to issue a subpoena to the Serbian authorities
THE HAGUE | 10.11.2011.
Contradicting the prosecutor’s claims about the trust between the former secret service chief and the Serbian president, witness Dragicevic, who was Stanisic’s adviser at the time, contended they never trusted each other. This culminated in their final rift in 1998 over the Kosovo crisis, the witness said. Milosevic decided to use force and Stanisic favored a peaceful solution, the witness explained
THE HAGUE | 09.11.2011.
Defense witness Vlado Dragicevic said in his statement to Jovica Stanisic’s defense that Stanisic was ‘the only man in Serbia the CIA could talk to’. Dragicevic agreed with the prosecutor that this cooperation does not necessarily mean that Stanisic did not commit war crimes
THE HAGUE | 08.11.2011.
The UN hostage crisis in 1995 is not alleged in the indictment against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. It remains to be seen how much Vlado Dragicevic helped the defense when he testified about it. What is clear from his evidence today as Stanisic’s defense witness is that Dragicevic, former employee of the Serbian State Security Service, qualified as a prosecution witness in the cases against Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic
THE HAGUE | 13.10.2011.
Despite the fact that Jovica Stanisic is charged with crimes against non-Serbs in Croatia and BH, his defense lawyer called evidence about Muslim extremism in Sandzak in the first half of 1990s. Former intelligence officer Vladimir Corbic testified about the ‘complex security situation’ in the area
THE HAGUE | 12.10.2011.
The prosecutor confronted the defense witness with documents and previous witness testimony showing that Jovica Stanisic was very active in his job in 1991. In that period Stanisic met with Slobodan Milosevic and other high-ranking Serbian officials. The witness nevertheless remained adamant that the accused was ‘sidelined’ and ‘on stand-by’ in that period
THE HAGUE | 11.10.2011.
The indictment alleges that even before his formal appointment as the head of the Serbian State Security Service in December 1991 Stanisic was already the de facto No. 1 man there. The defense is now trying to prove that Stanisic was in fact ‘sidelined’ at the time. According to the defense, in that period Stanisic didn’t even exercise the powers he had as the assistant chief for counter-intelligence
THE HAGUE | 07.10.2011.
The prosecutor contested the claims of Jovica Stanisic’s defense witness that the role of the Serbian State Security Service in Operation Spider in Western Bosnia did not go beyond gathering intelligence. The prosecutor showed documents indicating that specials from the Red Berets, a unit run by the Serbian secret service, secured convoys, set up ambushes, reconnoitered enemy positions and carried out sniper actions
THE HAGUE | 06.10.2011.
In the cross-examination of former intelligence officer Radenko Novakovic, the prosecutor tried to challenge Jovica Stanisic’s case that the Serbian State Security Service was determined to fight extremism. The prosecutor showed a series of documents which indicate that only Muslim extremists and the political opposition of the regime were targeted by the secret service. Members of the Serbian paramilitary units such as the notorious While Eagles, were let off the hook
THE HAGUE | 05.10.2011.
Jovica Stanisic’s defense tried to prove that the Serbian State Security Service had been fighting the Serb extremists, noting that in late 1992 the police arrested a notorious member of various Serbian paramilitary units, Milan Lukic. The current defense witness Radenko Novakovic interviewed Milan Lukic after his arrest