ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz (Photo: Flickr/ICTY)
13 November 2017 by Boro Kontic

On the eve of the verdict in the case of Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz has given a lengthy interview to Serbian and Bosnian media. Here is shortened version of the interview conducted by Boro Kontic which has appeared in Novi magazine and Oslobodjenje newspaper. 


KLA memorial in Mitrovica, Kosovo (Photo: Joost van Egmond)
15 September 2016 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

In their first ever press conference since taking office the registrar and the prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, a special court set up in the Hague to try crimes allegedly committed by Kosovo Albanian guerilla fighters during and after the 1998-99 conflict were at pains to stress their independence and avoided giving a clear time table for when to expect indictments.

Specialist Prosecutor David Schwendiman, a former international prosecutor in the Bosnian state court's war crimes department, insisted he would do his job “without fear or favour” and would base decision “solely on the facts” regardless of “political, diplomatic or other implications or consequences”. The court is controversial in Kosovo where many see the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as freedom fighters who fought a just war against Belgrade's oppressive regime in the then Serb province. Pristina feels unfairly singled out for an extra court after already having several KLA commanders on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where all but one were acquitted [IJT-164].

Bosnian victims protesting outside the ICTY during the Karadzic judgement. The banner reads: 'Truth sometimes sleeps but never dies' (Photo: Joost van Egmond)
24 May 2016 by Joost van Egmond

“Finally, good news from The Hague!” famously cried the then Serbian prime minister Ivica Dacic at the acquittal on appeal of former Yugoslav army commander Momcilo Perisic by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. For him, and for the government he represented, this counted as vindication of Belgrade’s actions during the war. The fact that Serbia as a state had already been held partly responsible by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the very crimes this individual was tried for, was swept under the carpet [IJT-63].

KLA memorial in Mitorvica, Kosovo (Photo: Joost van Egmond)
22 February 2015 by Una Hajdari, Pristina (Kosovo)

A document leaked last week to Kosovar media provides legal background for a court that will deal with crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) from 1998 to 2000.

Serbian delegation interviewed by journalists inside the Peace Palace, which holds the seat of the ICJ (Photo: Sandra Milic)
11 February 2015 by Sandra Milic, The Hague (The Netherlands) and Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

Some hoped it would be the end of an era when the UN’s judicial branch last week ruled that neither side of the 1991-1995 war in Croatia committed genocide. After the International Court of Justice’s ruling on Bosnia in 2007, Belgrade could think this was the last ICJ lawsuit it would face. But now Kosovo is determined to have its day in court.

14 March 2011 by -

Two former KLA guerrilla leaders accused of war crimes for allegedly torturing civilians in prison camps set up in Albania pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial before a Kosovo court on Monday.

The trial of Sabit Geci and Riza Alija, former commanders of the ethnic Albanian guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), is the first to tackle the allegations that the rebels set up illegal camps in neighbouring Albania.

01 June 2001 by -

Callixte Mbarushimana, a suspect wanted by Rwanda, is expected to begin giving evidence in his defence on May 16. His detention in Kosovo has just been extended by 30 days. The Rwandan authorities have kept to the deadlines. On May 10, the Kigali public prosecutors office handed over the case file against Callixte Mbarushimana to Lis Serj, the Danish magistrate serving as an international judge in Kosovo. Rwanda had been given until May 12 to respond to the Pristina judge's request for the file.

31 August 2011 by Rodasa Milutinovic

The prosecution case in the retrial of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) got off to a rocky start, hours into the proceedings last week, after its key witness refused to testify.

22 November 2004 by -

The first trial of Kosovan Albanians, all former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), opened on 15 November before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Fatmir Limaj, 33, Isak Musliu, 34, and Haradin Bala, 57 are accused of « murder, cruel treatment, torture and inhuman acts» committed in 1998 against Serbian and Albanian civilians of Kosovo in a KLA prison camp at Lapushnik, eastern Kosovo. Limaj and Musliu were joint commanders of the Lapushnik camp, while Bala worked there as a guard.

07 February 2005 by -

One of the ICTY\'s most wanted suspects, Vladimir Lazarevic, who gave himself up to the Court on 28 January, is due to make his first appearance before the judges on 7 February. The former commander of the Pristina corps of the Yugoslav Army is wanted for war crimes committed during the Kosovo war (1998-1999). His decision to hand himself in, which was taken in conjunction with the Serb Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, is the first sign from Belgrade of cooperation with the international tribunal.