ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)
ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)

ICTY issues Appeals Judgment in Prlic et al.: In the case of the Prosecutor v. Jadranko Prlić et al. before the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY – the final appeal at the ICTY – the Chamber has delivered its judgment, affirming almost all of the Trial Chamber’s convictions of the six defendants. It ultimately affirmed the sentences handed down by the Trial Chamber, which ranged from 25 to 10 years’ imprisonment. The convictions of the defendants – Prlić, Stojić, Praljak, Petković, Ćorić, and Pušić – remain numerous, but include crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. The Appeals Chamber furthermore affirmed the Trial Chamber’s decision that the defendants were participants in a joint criminal enterprise in 1993, which was aimed at creating a Croatian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population. However, the Appeals Chamber granted certain grounds of appeal by four of the defendants, while fully dismissing the appeals raised by Prlić and Pušić. In delivering this final appeal judgment, proceedings before the ICTY have concluded, and the Tribunal will formally close on 31 December 2017. (ICTY Press Release)

 

ICTY accused, Slobodan Praljak, passes away after ingesting poison in ICTY courtroom: On 29 November 2017, one of six defence appellants in the case of the Prosecutor v. Jadranko Prlić et al. before the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY – Mr Slobodan Praljak – passed away in hospital in The Hague. His death followed the public pronouncement of the ICTY Appeal Chamber’s judgment, which confirmed his conviction and affirmed his sentence of 20 years imprisonment. Following delivery of the judgment, Mr Praljak consumed a liquid in court and quickly fell ill. He was assisted by ICTY medical staff, and transferred by ambulance to hospital, where he passed away. Per the request of the ICTY, in accordance with its standard operation procedures, an independent investigation into the events has been initiated by the Dutch authorities. (ICTY Press Statement, Al Jazeera, BBC)

 

Kosovo Tribunal President says Tribunal is ready to issue first indictments: Ekaterina Trendafilova, the Bulgarian president of the Kosovo Specialist Chamber mandated to try crimes committed during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, has announced that the court is ready to proceed with its first indictments. The Court will apply Kosovo law, but will be physically based in the Netherlands. Trendafilova stated: “there is no immunity for anyone regardless of their position, and amnesty also cannot apply,” adding that the Court will address “individual criminal responsibility not related to any organization, to any group or ethnicity.” (Reuters)