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

UN MICT approves Stanisic’s request for an extension of provisional release: On 12 January 2018, the UN MICT Trial Chamber granted, ICTY and MICT accused, Jovica Stanisic’s third request for an extension of provisional release for a further three months; until 13 April 2018. The Trial Chamber first approved Stanisic’s request for provisional release on 19 July 2017 which conditions required a medical reporting regime and non-interference with the administration of justice.  Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic were tried before the ICTY and acquitted of all charges on 30 May 2013 by the Trial Chamber.  However, on 15 December 2015, the ICTY Appeals Chamber ordered that both accused be retried on all counts, and the retrial commenced before the MICT on 13 June 2017. (UN MICT Trial Chamber Decision)

 

Kosovo Serb politician facing war crimes retrial killed: On 16 January 2018, Oliver Ivanovic, the Kosovo Serb leader of the Citizen’s Initiative Party was shot dead in the ethically divided city of Mitrovica, Kosovo. Ivanovic was facing re-trial for alleged war crimes involving the murder of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica in 1999 before the EU rule of law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), and was convicted of these allegations in January 2016 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Ivanovic’s conviction and sentence were quashed in 2017, and the appeals court ordered a retrial. EULEX is a separate judicial institution from the Kosovo Specialist Chambers based in The Hague, the Netherlands where the Tribunal’s first indictments are expected to be issued in due course. (New York Times, Evening Standard).

 

Post by: Zuzana Drexlerova