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14 March 2005 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

There is no doubt in the minds of donors backing the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY): all trials must be completed by 2008. The ICTY prosecutor has now seriously begun tackling the process of transferring cases to local courts, with 8 requests for transferral involving 16 accused submitted to the judges.

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19 March 2007 by Drago Hedl

The families of 200 people massacred at Ovcara, near Vukovar, in November 1991, were conspicuous by their absence when the trial started over again on March 12 before the Special Court for War Crimes in Belgrade. The families are demanding that the Croatian government pay their travel expenses, after having refused assistance from the Belgrade Humanitarian Law Center. At the end of the first trial in 2005, 16 defendants were sentenced to a total of 231 years in prison for what was the worst war crime committed on Croatian territory during the war in former Yugoslavia. However, on December 14, 2006, the Supreme Court of Belgrade reversed that judgment and ordered a new trial, provoking indignation from the victims.

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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.

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08 October 2007

Phnom Penh court accused of poor management

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.

Preparing for battle in the Fujimori trials

On October 4, former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori's first appearance before Judge Pedro Urbina was postponed. But with the accused now safely held on a police base in Lima, defense and prosecution attorneys are preparing their strategies for his upcoming trials on corruption and human rights abuses.

Lenient verdict for the “Vukovar Three”

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.

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