Milivoj Petkovic, the former commander of the Croatian Defence Council, the Bosnian Croat wartime force, has been sent to Belgium to serve his sentence for crimes against humanity after being convicted by the UN court.
Political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina surreptitiously swap seats on the committees that oversee polling stations, allowing them to influence the vote count on election day to their own advantage – and it’s not illegal.
Local judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often criticised for imposing low penalties for returnees from foreign battlefields. Several European countries began trying former fighters for terrorism and war crimes, increasing the sentences handed down to them. We have analysed what needs to be done by domestic judicial institutions to start prosecuting such crimes, what needs to be done to collect evidence and why experts consider that the Bosnian judiciary is ready.
After several European countries started trying former Islamic State fighters for war crimes as well as terrorism, increasing their potential sentences, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina analysed what needs to be done if the domestic judiciary wants to follow suit.
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic told the UN court in The Hague that his health was “very bad and worsening” as his defence argued that his appeal against conviction should only be held after medical assessments.
The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres is a particularly distressing time for people whose loved ones disappeared in July 1995 but whose remains have not yet been found, identified and laid to rest in proper graves.
Samir Mehic, a Bosnian guitarist nicknamed Bowie after his musical hero, was the rock’n’roll bard of wartime Srebrenica, but was killed in the July 1995 massacres alongside thousands of other men and boys from the town.