Haradin Bala. Photo: alchetron.com via Bing.
Haradin Bala. Photo: alchetron.com via Bing.

ICTY Convict, Haradin Bala, passes away: On Wednesday, former Kosovo Liberation Army prison guard Haradin Bala died at the age of 60 at his home in Kosovo. Bala, who was found guilty of torture, cruel treatment, and murder in 2005 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), was the only person from Kosovo to be convicted by the ICTY. Specifically, Bala was found responsible for maintaining and enforcing inhumane conditions at a prison camp during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment. He was granted early release by the ICTY in 2013. (BalkanInsight)

Sudanese President Bashir. Photo: openDemocracy via Flickr (CC).
Sudanese President Bashir. Photo: openDemocracy via Flickr (CC).

UN Sec-Gen meets Bashir at AU Summit: The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, recently met with Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese President who has been accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The meeting occurred on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa at the end of January. The UN deputy spokesman emphasised that while “operational necessity” occasionally permits the Secretary-General to meet with President al-Bashir to discuss issues such as peacekeeping efforts in Darfur and the disputed Abyei region, the meeting did not obviate the need to respect the ICC. President al-Bashir was indicted by the ICC in 2009 for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, and was further indicted for genocide in 2010. (AP)

Bosnia indicts former police chief, Tomislav Kovac, on charges of genocide for Srebrenica: A domestic war crimes tribunal in Bosnia has indicted Tomislav Kovac, the former Bosnian Serb police chief and interior minister, for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which killed nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Kovac is accused of genocide as part of a joint criminal enterprise aimed at exterminating Bosnian Muslims, with Bosnian Serb police forces under his control killing Bosniaks, and then carrying out an operation to hide evidence of mass executions. Kovac currently lives in Belgrade, and has previously denied the role of the Bosnian Serb police in the massacre. (EU-OCS; BalkanInsight)

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: en.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: en.wikipedia.org via Bing (CC).

Court in BiH indicts 11 from Croatian Defence Council for war crimes in Mostar: Eleven former members of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) have been indicted by a domestic court in Bosnia and Herzegovina for war crimes committed against Bosniaks in Mostar in 1993 and 1994. The former HVO members are accused of participating in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at expelling Bosniak civilians from Croatian-controlled territory, and for their alleged role in the arrest and torture of more than 70 Bosniak civilians. (Total Croatia News)

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