Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Photo: balkaninsight.com via Bing.
Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic. Photo: balkaninsight.com via Bing.

Stanisic and Simatovic retrial begins: The retrial of Mr. Stanisic, former chief of the Serbian State Security Service and his assistant, Mr. Simatovic started on 13 June 2017 before the Trial Chamber of the MICT. The Trial Chamber, presided by judge Burton Hall, “allowed the prosecutors to include testimonies by 143 witnesses” and 104 working hours to complete the presentation of evidence against the two defendants. Judge Hall mentioned Stanisic’s request to extend his provisional release during this phase of presentation of evidence. The President stated that considering Stanisic’s health hearings would be held three times a week. Stanisic and Simatovic are currently in Serbia under provisional release and were previously tried before the ICTY on the basis of the same indictment alleging the joint criminal enterprise between April 1991 and December 1995 aimed for the “forcible and permanent removal of the majority of no-Serbs from large areas in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina” (three charges of crimes against humanity and one charge of war crime). While the Trial Chamber acquitted them in 2013, Appeals Chamber “accepted the key grounds of an appeal filed by the prosecution, quashing the verdict of release and ordering a retrial” in 2015. Doctors designated by the ICTY filed a report to the judges on “Stanisic’s ability to travel and stand trial”. (Balkan Insight ; Yahoo)

 

Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: lahaine.org via Bing (CC).
Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: lahaine.org via Bing (CC).

Twice acquitted ICTY accused to become Prime Minister for Kosovo: General election in Kosovo led to a coalition government of former ethnic Albanian rebel commanders. The alliance, called “war wing” by Kosovo’s media, nominated Ramush Haradinaj to be prime minister. Such vote, with a turnout of 41,40%, is ‘overshadowed’ by the creation of the Specialist Chambers for Kosovo set up to try war crimes allegedly committed by members of the “pro-independence Kosovo Liberation Army” during the Balkan wars in late 1990s. (Al Jazeera)