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27 April 2011 by -

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19 July 2004 by -

On 16 July, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia indicted Goran Hadzic, the ex-president of the self-proclaimed Serbian Republic of Krajina, on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for persecution and murder as well as wanton extermination, expulsion and destruction committed by Serb forces. Hadzic, a Croatian Serb, is accused most notably of involvement in the massacre of 264 Croats and non Serbs who were taking refuge at the Vukovar hospital (east Croatia) in November 1991.

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05 April 2004 by -

Five military and political leaders are expected to appear at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 5 April. Indicted on 31 March, the five are accused of war crimes committed against Muslims during the Bosnian war. Two of them, General Milijov Petkovic and retired general Slobodan Praljak, were former commanders of the Croat army in Bosnia-Herzegovina (HVO) during the war. General Milijov was immediately dismissed from his post as chief inspector of the Croat army after news of the charges became public.

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19 July 2004 by -

A local court in Zagreb, Croatia, handed down an unprecedented judgement on 5 July ordering the sum of 94,000 Euros to be paid to the family of Nikola Kostic, a Serb who was murdered by a Croatian police officer in February 1992 at the start of the Serbo-Croatian war. Four months into his fourand- a-half-year prison sentence, the policeman was pardoned by Franjo Tudjman, writes Agence France Presse.

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09 May 2005 by -

AFP reports that on 4 May a Croatian court ordered an inquiry into allegations of war crimes against Milivoj Asner. From 1941 to 1942, Asner was chief of police in the Eastern Croatian town of Pozega, under the extreme right-wing Ustashe regime allied to the Nazis. At the end of the Second World War, Asner left Croatia to live in Austria, not returning until 1991 after the break-up of the Yugoslav Federation. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which tracks down former Nazis who have been in hiding for decades, alerted the Croatian authorities, and, in July 2004, Asner disappeared.

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10 December 2010 by -

Croatian police in Zagreb on December 8th arrested a former senior Interior Ministry official on suspicion of committing war crimes against Serb civilians at the start of the country’s independence war in the early 1990s.

Tomislav Merčep allegedly commanded a paramilitary unit that killed Serb civilians in 1991.

The prosecutor’s office says he allegedly ordered the abduction, torture and killings of 43 Serbs. Until now, the allegations have never been fully investigated.

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10 October 2005 by -

On 20 September, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) heard another request by the prosecutor to transfer the cases of two former Croatian army commanders to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two Croatians, Pasko Ljubici and Ivica Rajic, are accused of crimes committed against Muslims in 1993. On the opposite bench, defence lawyers asked the court to allow their clients to be tried in Croatia in the light of recent threats against Serb and Croatian prisoners in the Bosnian prison of Zenica.

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07 December 2010 by -

The cooperation of states is crucial to capturing fugitive war criminals from Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia such as Ratko Mladic, tribunal prosecutors told the United Nations Security Council on Monday.

By Linawati Sidarto

Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Serge Brammertz, said in New York that the failure to arrest Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadžic is one of his office’s foremost concerns.

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03 December 2007 by -

On November 29, the Pre-Trial Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that the defense lawyer for Croatian General Ante Gotovina, who had previously worked for the office of the prosecutor, did not have a conflict of interest [IJT-77]. According to Croatian news agency Hina, the ICTY judges found that American lawyer Gregory Kehoe had not participated in defining the prosecution's investigation and strategy for the Gotovina trial, and that he could continue defending Gotovina.

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The International Court of Justice (Wikipedia/Yeu Ninje)
27 January 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will rule on 3 February in a case that saw wartime foes Croatia and Serbia accuse each other of committing genocide during the 1991-1995 war in Croatia [IJT-156].

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