ICTY

article
19 February 2007 by Drago Hedl

Despite the evidence gathered during investigations, in addition to the evidence handed over by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Croatia's political class is in no hurry to try two of its most notorious politicians charged with war crimes: Branimir Glavas, a member of Parliament and retired general, and Tomislav Mercep, former MP and presidential candidate in 2000, even though this is Croatia's main obstacle to European Union (EU) membership.

article
05 February 2007 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

For more than ten years, Bosnian Serbs have insisted that Sarajevo Muslims bombed their own at the City Market on 28 August 1995, leaving 43 people dead and around 90 wounded. The logic behind their reasoning was that the people of the city that had been under siege for more than three years were desperate to make the world aware of their suffering and to trigger NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serb positions around Sarajevo. In the first weeks of Dragomir Milosevic's trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), new light was shed on the question of who was responsible for the Markale Market massacre.

article
18 December 2006 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

"For the Court the procedural problems have really started now," ICTY Registrar Hans Holthuis commented on Friday December 8. Vojislav Seselj, president of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) and one of the most prominent defendants before the Hague-based court, has just ended the hunger strike he began twenty-eight days ago to protest his Court-imposed lawyer and maintain the right to defend himself. The Appeals Chamber upheld his right.

article
19 March 2007 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

When he first appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on March 9, 2005, Ramush Haradinaj was Prime Minister of Kosovo. A former nightclub bouncer, he became leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the conflict with Serbia in 1998. His subordinate Idriz Balaj was commander of the KLA "Black Eagles", a "rapid intervention special unit". And his uncle, Lahi Brahimaj, was in charge of the KLA's finances. But for the prosecution, the trial of these three men, which started in The Hague on March 5, 2007, is not about a resistance movement breaching the laws of war, but about the cruel abuse of power.

article
08 October 2007 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

On September 27, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Mile Mrksic, former colonel in the Yugoslavian army, to 20 years in prison for aiding and abetting the torture and murder of 200 people, mostly Croats, at the Ovcara farm, near Vukovar, Croatia. Veselin Slivancanin received 5 years in prison for aiding and abetting torture, whereas Captain Miroslav Radic was acquitted, due to lack of evidence. Despite the judges' precautions, the verdict against the "Vukovar Three" provoked outrage among Croats.

article
22 October 2007 by Drago Hedl

On October 15, Branimir Glavas, a retired Croatian general and long-time head of 1 of the 20 Croatian counties, entered the county court of Zagreb. He is accused of war crimes committed 16 years ago, during the war in former Yugoslavia. Leaning on a cane, this 51-year-old man, usually energetic, seemed weakened. His voice trembled as he greeted his peaceful supporters.

article
08 October 2007 by Erika Kinetz

Despite some recent progress, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has come under bracing public scrutiny for administrative and leadership failures on both the national and international sides of this unique hybrid tribunal. Two stark assessments — one by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the other by two UN experts — have leaked out to the public over the last two weeks and put the tribunal under increasing pressure to reform.

article
17 December 2007 by Emmanuel Chicon

Ever since its first hearings in September 2005, the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia-Herzegovina, based in Sarajevo, has been running at full steam. With the December 14 opening of the trial of Nisvet Gasal and Musajb Kukavica, two former Bosnian soldiers accused of running a concentration camp for nearly 300 Croats, this court is now carrying out 15 trials against 37 individuals from all sides of the conflict. The Chamber is heir to the ICTY, which has already transferred nine defendants to its jurisdiction.

article
19 May 2010 by Bojana Barlovac

Serbian authorities have uncovered a mass grave near the southwestern town of Raska, on the border with Kosovo. A forthcoming exhumation at the site will show whether it contains corpses of 250 ethnic Albanian victims from the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, as it is thought, Bruno Vekaric, spokesperson for Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor’s office, told the IJT.

article
04 February 2008 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

With Kosovo on the brink of declaring its independence from Serbia, the case against its resistance hero former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj came to an end on January 23 before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Pages