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.
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.
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.
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.
The case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, former heads of Serbia's State Security Service who are charged with, among other things, the murders of six Srebrenica residents in Trnovo in July 1995, is the latest in which judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to determine the responsibility of the neighboring state for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
The UN court’s retrial of senior Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic for wartime crimes in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina resumed after a break of almost six months caused by the coronavirus pandemic.