With only eight hearings held since the beginning of 2020 – and none in 2022 – the trial of seven former Bosnian Serb special policeman accused of taking part in the executions of 1,300 Bosniaks has again been delayed.
BIRN has awarded grants to 13 journalists, historians, artists and activists for projects exploring the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in ex-Yugoslav countries that dealt with war crimes cases.
The start of the high-profile trial of Bosnian Serb Army Drina Corps commander Milenko Zivanovic, already the focus of controversy, was postponed after Bosnian prosecutors offered to transfer the case to Serbia instead of pursuing their own trial.
Milenko Zivanovic, wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Drina Corps, was indicted in both Bosnia and Serbia, almost simultaneously, for similar crimes in Srebrenica in 1995, raising questions about the motives behind the charges.
The trial for the killings of 20 passengers seized from a train in Bosnia in 1993 was delayed again as the court ruled that a former Bosnian Serb soldier must now be tried separately because of illness.
The wartime commander of the Drina Corps, Milenko Zivanovic, will go on trial next month in Serbia for forcing Bosniak civilians out of Srebrenica during the Bosnian Serb Army’s offensive in July 1995.
Mendeljev Djuric and Petar Mitrovic, who were sentenced for the Srebrenica genocide, were examined before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina by way of the international legal assistance as defense witnesses at the trial for crimes in the village of Kravica conducted before the Higher Court in Belgrade. They denied having any knowledge of the crime in question.