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Department for War Crimes of the High Court in Belgrade sentenced on September 23, 2011 the accused Veljko Maric to 12 years in prison for war crimes committed in 1991 against civilians in the village Rastovac (Croatia). The Humanitarian law Center believes that Veljko Maric, a Croatian citizen, should be tried in Croatia, that the Republic of Serbia should have extradited him to Croatia, and that it should have submitted evidence against him to the State Attorney’s Office of the Republic of Croatia, in accordance with the 2006 Agreement on cooperation in the prosecution of war crimes offenders. HLC reminds that the War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia has filed at least 10 indictments against war criminals, citizens of Serbia, based on evidence handed over to it by the State Attorney’s Office of the Republic fo Croatia.
The War Crimes Trial Chamber of the High Court in Belgrade sentenced Čeda Budisavljević, Mirko Malinović, Milan Bogunović, and Bogdan Gruičić to 12 years in prison each for war crimes committed against the civilian population in October 1991 in Lički Osik, Croatia. The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Croatia transferred this case to the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia based on the Agreement on Cooperation in Prosecuting War Crimes Perpetrators.
Irregularities and Abuse of Power in War Crimes Proceedings in the Republic of Serbia , exmple: Case of the 37th Battalion of Special Police Units-, Confidential Report of November 15, 2010, released on March,10, 2011.
On March 3, 2011, Austrian authorities arrested retired Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Army general Jovan Divjak at the Vienna airport on an arrest warrant issued by the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia, identical to the one used in the arrest of Ejup Ganić.
The War Crimes Trial Chamber of the Belgrade High Court, presided by Justice Snežana Nikolić-Garotić rendered a guilty verdict on January 21, 2011 in the case of nine individuals charged with war crimes against civilian population in Gnjilan/Gjilan, Kosovo. The accused are sentenced as follows: Agush Memishi, Selimon Sadiku, and Samet Hajdari to 15 years in prison; Faton Hajdari, Ahmet Hasani, and Nazif Hasani to 10 years in prison; Kamber Sahiti and Ferat Hajdari to 8 years in prison.
On December 15, 2010, the War Crimes Trial Chamber of the High Court in Belgrade handed down a new sentence in the case of Radojko Repanović, sentencing him to 20 years in prison for the war crime against the civilian population in Suva Reka/Suharekë. The Trial Chamber accepted the the opinion and arguments stated by Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Mioljub Vitorović in his closing argument.
After five years of trial, the Belgrade Higher Court War Crimes Department trial chamber, presided over by Judge Tatjana Vuković, rendered a judgment on November 22, 2010 which upset human rights defenders and deeply affected and offended families of victims.
Family members of victims of the crimes committed against women and children in Suva Reka, Kosovo, who monitored the war crimes trial held before the War Crimes Trial Chamber in Belgrade, agreed to attend the trial believing the assessment of the Humanitarian Law Center that the trial would be fair and professional to a certain extent.