The Mothers of Srebrenica war victims’ association filed a complaint against the Netherlands at the European Court for Human Rights, claiming that Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to protect Bosniaks who were killed in the 1995 massacres.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has not accepted the lawsuits brought by families of missing persons who wanted to sue Bosnia and Herzegovina for failing to find their family members and failing to prosecute those who are responsible.
After the quashing of the second instance verdict, the prosecution requested that Zrinko Pincic be sentenced to a more than nine years of prison, while the defence believed he should be acquitted or receive a lower sentence.
Applying a decision by the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina reduces sentences against both Zoran and Goran Damjanovic by four and a half years. Goran Damjanovic is sentenced to six and a half years for war crimes against the civilian population, while his brother Zoran is sentenced to six years.
The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina neither decided on whether war crimes trials should be renewed completely due to the wrong application of the law nor if convicts sentenced to long-term imprisonment should be released to liberty, says the Court President Valerija Galic.
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina files custody order motions for ten former war-crimes and genocide convicts, who were released by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and allowed to defend themselves while at liberty. They were sentenced to between 14 and 33 years in prison.