Serb political leaders in both Serbia and Montenegro continue to deny that the 1995 Srebrenica massacres were genocide, reject international courts’ verdicts and accuse them of anti-Serb bias, opposing attempts to come to terms with the past.
Midhat Poturovic’s exhibition ‘Soul of Srebrenica’ opened on Saturday at the EndzioHub gallery in central Belgrade, unaffected by a small demonstration outside by supporters of jailed Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.
The wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Sana Brigade, Branko Basara, is accused of attacking, forcibly relocating and murdering civilians in the Sanski Most area of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992.
Former Serbian state security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic will hear the judgment in The Hague this week in their retrial for masterminding the most notorious Serb combat units that fought in the Croatian and Bosnian wars.
Ahead of the initial verdict in the last trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, BIRN looks back on the landmark judgments, controversies, successes and failures in the UN court’s mission to seek justice for the atrocities of the 1990s.
Aleksandar Vucic said that 11 bodies of Kosovo Albanians, believed to be war victims, have been exhumed from a mass grave in Kizevak near the southern town of Raska, and denied that Serbia was seeking to conceal them.
In a retrial before the Belgrade Higher Court, Bosnian Serb soldier Joja Plavanjac was convicted of killing 11 people at a prison in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in August 1992, and his fellow ex-serviceman Zdravko Narancic of helping him.