Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, who were convicted of aiding war crimes committed by Serbian fighters during the Bosnian conflict, claimed there was not enough evidence to declare them guilty and called for their sentences to be overturned.
Milivoj Petkovic, former president of the self-proclaimed Croat-led wartime statelet of Herzeg-Bosnia, wrote a letter from jail to the UN court saying he accepts the verdict sentencing him to 20 years in prison for wartime crimes against Bosniaks.
As the former Bosnian Serb military chief, who was convicted of genocide and other wartime crimes by the UN court in June, awaits transfer to prison to serve his life sentence, he is suffering from increasingly poor health, his lawyers said.
The recently-published verdict in the trial of wartime Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic shows how despite its denials, the Serbian state supported fighting units that committed crimes during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia.
A report by a Bosnian Serb-funded commission has claimed the Srebrenica massacres were not genocide and most victims were not civilians – but some of its controversial assertions are contradicted by evidence heard at trials at international courts.
War survivors in Bosanski Samac still remember the brutality of Serbian State Security fighters deployed to their town in 1992, where they committed crimes that eventually led to landmark convictions this week for the security service’s top officials.