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.
As the UN court prepares to rule on whether the Serbian State Security Service chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic illegally controlled wartime paramilitary units, BIRN looks at how they were deployed in the Croatian and Bosnian conflicts.
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.
The Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal filed by Zoran Babic against his cumulative 35-year sentence for crimes committed in Prijedor, concluding that his right to a fair defence had not been violated.
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.
Bosnian war survivors want former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic to be found guilty this week of genocide in five Bosnian municipalities in 1992 as well as genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, but experts believe this is unlikely to happen.
Before this week’s final verdict in Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic’s trial, BIRN a presents a photographic essay showing the places where the crimes in his indictment were committed, accompanied by quotes from key witnesses.