Beli Manastir verdict delivers incomplete justice

On June 19th, 2012, the trial chamber of the Higher Court in Belgrade – War Crimes Department, presided over by Judge Dragan Mirković, convicted four persons indicted for the commission of war crimes against Croat civilians in the Beli Manastir municipality between August 1991 and later the same year. Zoran Vukšić was sentenced to 20 years in prison Slobodan Strigić to 10 years, Bransko Hrnjak to 5 years and Velimir Bertić to 1 year and 6 months.


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Darko Janković and Goran Savić Found Guilty of War Crimes Against Muslims in the Municipality of Zvornik

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The Trial Chamber of the Higher Court in Belgrade War Crimes Department presided by Judge Tatjana Vuković rendered a judgment on December 16th, 2011, after three years of trials, finding the accused Darko Janković aka Pufta and Goran Savić guilty and sentencing them to 15 years of imprisonment and 1 year and 6 months of imprisonment respectively, while the accused Saša Ćilerdžić was acquitted of charges. The Humanitarian Law Center believes that the Court has rendered a just sentence in the case of the accused Janković, which is adequate for the gravity of the crime committed. In this moment, while there is no access to the written reasoning of the judgment, it is unclear what were the reasons that led the Court into rendering the acquittal of Ćilerdžić and the minimum prison sentence in the case of the accused Savić.


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Police Officers Charged With Murder of Kosovo Albanian Isa Emini Acquitted

According to the assessment of the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), the trial and acquittal of Miloš Simonović and Republic of Serbia MoI Reserve Dragiša Marković for the murder of Isa Emini, an Albanian from Priština/Prishtin, rendered by the Court of Appeal in Niš on November 17th, 2011, raises serious doubts as to the declared willingness of the Judiciary of the Republic of Serbia to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes who are members of the Police.


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Duško Kesar sentenced again to 15 years of imprisonment for the crime committed in Prijedor

FHP_srb_logobezThe Humanitarian Law Center believes that the sentence rendered in this case, even though it may be considered strict, could have been stricter, since the victims of the crime were civilians who were murdered in a brutal manner, and the accused is a former member of the Reserve Police, who had an obligation to protect civilians. The accused in this case did not submit a guilty plea for the murder, nor did he show remorse or express his condolences to the family of the victims, thus preventing this trial from offering moral satisfaction for victims’ family members.


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Reports on war crimes trials in the Republic of Serbia 2010

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In this document you can find:

  • Report on trials for war crimes and ethnically motivated crimes in Serbia 2010.
  • Analysis of procedures and court decisions in the case of Suva Reka
  • Report on irregularities in war crimes proceedings in the Republic of Serbia 

You may download the integral document here.

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Croatian Citizen Veljko Maric Should Have Been Tried in Croatia, not in Serbia

hlcDepartment 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.


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Defendants in the Croatian Family Murder Case in Lički Osik Sentenced to 12 Years Each

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.


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Irregularities and Abuse of Power in War Crimes Proceedings in the Republic of Serbia

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.


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Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia Unprofessional, Incompetent, and Prone to Making Politically Motivated Decisions

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.


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