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Legal News
3 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia said Monday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] that acts of violence committed by Serbia in the 1990s constituted genocide [application, PDF] under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide [text]. The Convention was breached, Croatia argues [AP report], … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced Friday that former Serb official Mile Mrksic has been transferred to a Portuguese prison [press release] to serve his 20-year sentence for war crimes. Mrksic was convicted of war crimes [JURIST report] in 2007 for his involvement … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A court in Montenegro on Wednesday sentenced four former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldiers to up to four years in prison for war crimes committed during the Croatian conflict. In a retrial of a 2010 case, the court found the four defendants guilty of torturing prisoners [RFE/RL report] at … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Croatian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Croatian] on Wednesday asked France to extradite [Hrvatska report, in Croatian] former Serb paramilitary fighter Milorad Momic, according to a report by state television. Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in France, was arrested last week in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
27 Dec 2010

Slobodan Zecevic [Of Counsel, The Ackerman Law Firm]: "The Sljivancanin Review Judgement delivered by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (hereinafter ICTY) Appeals Chamber on December 8, 2010 is a significant breakthrough in the ICTY jurisprudence. Indeed, it is the first time that a request for review of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday vacated the conviction [judgment summary, PDF; press release] of Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profile; ICTY materials] for his role in killing 194 Croatian prisoners of war near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder; ICTY backgrounder, PDF] … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Nov 2010

Ian Bancroft [Co-founder & Executive Director, TransConflict]: "What was truly significant about the recent events in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar was the willingness of both presidents - Serbia's Boris Tadić and Croatia's Ivo Josipović - to apologize for crimes committed by the military forces of their respective countries; … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive] apologized [press release, in Serbian] Thursday for Serbian war crimes during a visit [schedule, in Serbian] to Croatia. Tadic and Croatian President Ivo Josipovic [official website, in Croatian] together visited a memorial in Vukovar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The War Crimes Council of the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] convicted a Croatian Serb of war crimes Tuesday for his involvement in the death of 200 Croatian POWs [BBC backgrounder] in 1991, sentencing him to 20 years in prison. Damir Sireta [case materials, in Serbian] was … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday increased the sentence [judgment, PDF; judgment summary, PDF] of Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profile; ICTY materials] from five to 17 years. Sljivancanin was convicted of aiding and abetting the killings of over 200 … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2009
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court in Belgrade convicted 13 Serbs Thursday in connection with the 1991 killings of over 200 Croatian POWs [BBC backgrounder] at a pig farm outside the Croatian town of Vukovar [JURIST archive]. Eighteen Serbs were originally charged over the incident. Charges against two were later … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav National Army officer Miroslav Radic [Trial Watch backgrounder] on Wednesday sued Serbia for the four years and six months he was detained during his trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Radic was acquitted [decision, PDF; JURIST report] of war crimes charges … [read more]


Professional Commentary
17 Jan 2008

Ranko Helebrant [Deputy Executive Director, Croation Helsinki Committee for Human Rights]: "Damir Sireta (43), a citizen of Croatia, is waiting to be transferred to Serbia in the near future, according to the decision of extradition made by the Kingdom of Norway. Although both Croatia and Serbia asked for extradition, the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Norway has agreed to extradite an unnamed Croatian citizen wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to Serbia to face war crimes [JURIST news archive] charges, Norwegian officials said Tuesday. Croatia had requested the man's extradition in 2006; Norwegian justice officials … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday appealed the sentences [JURIST report] imposed on war crimes convicts Mile Mrksic and Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profiles; ICTY case backgrounder], who were convicted in connection with the killings of over 200 Croatian prisoners of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader [official website] has criticized the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] for its judgments [JURIST report] on Serb suspects allegedly involved in the 1991 Vukovar massacre [BBC backgrounder], saying in a letter sent Friday to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Thursday handed down judgments [judgment summary; press release] on war crimes suspects Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profiles; ICTY case backgrounder], who were accused of killing some 200 Croatian POWs at a pig farm near … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The Serbian Supreme Court ordered a retrial Thursday in the case of 14 former members of Serb militias who were convicted [JURIST report] of war crimes for killing some 200 Croatian POWs at a pig farm near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder] in 1991 at the end of a three-month siege … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Election officials in Montenegro [government website; CIA backgrounder] said Monday that over 55 percent of voters in Sunday's referendum [CDT materials] endorsed seceding from Serbia [JURIST news archive] and forming an independent nation. Montenegro's State Electoral Commission said that 55.4 percent of voters supported independence in a majority vote … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A special high-security war crimes court sitting in Belgrade Monday convicted 14 former members of Serb militias for killing some 200 Croatian POWs and wounded at a pig farm near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder] in 1991 at the end of a three-month siege there. Sentences ranging from five to 20 … [read more]

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