Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on the day of his conviction by the ICTY (Photo; Flickr/ICTY)
26 May 2016 by Jesse Wieten in The Hague (The Netherlands)

The trial of former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic is one of the most important proceedings before the ICTY, he was the court's most wanted fugitive for over a decade and highest-ranking Bosnian Serb ever on trial for war crimes and genocide. Even though Karadzic liked to present himself as a lone defendant, acting against the ICTY prosecution machinery, he was closely advised and guided by attorney Peter Robinson. The US counsel reflects on the case that will live on in the legacy of tribunal because of Karadzic's central role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war but also for the marathon effort he made pleading his case as his own lawyer. 

01 April 2010 by -

The trial of Radovan Karadžić is scheduled to resume on 13 April with the start of the presentation of the prosecution’s evidence.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The order was made on the back of the appeals chamber’s dismissal of Karadžić’s appeal  to allow him to postpone his trial.

03 May 2004 by -

The French court of cassation refused, on 29 April, to allow the former Vichy civil servant Maurice Papon leave to appeal pursuant to a new law adopted in June 2000. The court ruled that the case was too old for the new law to apply. Papon was convicted in 1998 for his responsibility in the Jewish deportations between 1942 and 1944, and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. However, the proceedings are not yet closed. In June, the court will examine appeal's procedure lodged by Papon that had been refused to him years ago after he fled to Switzerland.

05 April 2004 by -

On 5 March, the former Vichy civil servant Maurice Papon appealed against his conviction by the Bordeaux court of appeal. Papon was sentenced on 2 April 1998 to 10 years' imprisonment by the Gironde criminal court for his role in deporting the Jews. On 26 February, the reviewing committee at the court of cassation refused to grant him leave to re-appeal, but allowed the case to be re-examined in cassation. This is due to take place in a plenary assembly on 11 June.

23 May 2005 by -

The Appeals Court of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for Rwanda has always confirmed sentences handed down by the trial chambers. But on 20 May, in the Semanza case, it broke its precedent. The former bourgmestre of the Bicumbi commune, who was sentenced to 24 years and 6 months in 2003, had his sentence increased by 10 years. At 61, Semanza now faces a 35-year prison term. The appeal judges found Laurent Semanza guilty of genocide, not just complicity in genocide as the trial chamber had ruled.

05 November 2007 by -

On October 30, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) appealed the judgments handed down against two Serbian defendants in the Vukovar trial [IJT-75-76], reports AP. Calling the 20- and 5-year sentences given to Mile Mrksic and Veselin Sljilvancanin "clearly inadequate", the prosecutor's appeal has not calmed the controversy sparked by what Croatians perceive as lenient sentences. According to the Hina agency, Croatian jurists criticized the prosecutor's decision not to appeal the acquittal of the third defendant, Miroslav Radic.