The ICTY has terminated the provisional release of Mladen MarkaÄ, the former Commander of the Croatian Special Police. MarkaÄ, who is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, was granted provisional release on 2 December 2004. The order terminating his provisional release was made after MarkaÄ was photographed participating in a hunting trip outside his designated residence in violation of his provisional release order. The photographs were published in the local Bilogora media. The Tribunalâ€™s press release can be found here.
International Criminal Tribunal for the former-Yugoslavia
Serge Brammertz, a Belgian prosecutor and law professor, has been nominated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to succeed Carla del Ponte as Prosecutor of the ICTY. Del Ponte has held the position since 1999. Brammertz has served as the Deputy-Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and in June 2006 was appointed by the Secretary-General to head the International Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
The Tribunalâ€™s press briefing can be found here.
The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has upheld a 15-year prison sentence for Dragan ZelenoviÄ‡, a former Bosnian Serb soldier. In January 2007, ZelenoviÄ‡ pleaded guilty to multiple counts of torture and rape of Bosnian Muslim women and girls during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. On October 31, the ICTY’s Appeals Chamber unanimously dismissed all grounds for appeal filed by ZelenoviÄ‡. He will serve his prison term in one of the States that have made agreements with the ICTY regarding the enforcement of sentences.
The full story can be found here.
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia reversed the conviction of Bosnian Serb Officer Vidoje BlagojeviÄ‡ for complicity in genocide, affirmed his other convictions, and reduced his sentence to 15 years imprisonment.
The Chamber also affirmed the convictions of Bosnian Serb Officer Dragan JokiÄ‡ and his sentence of 9 years imprisonment.
The ICTY press release can be found here.
The full text of the summary of the judgment is here.
VOA News reports that EU peacekeeping troops raided the home of a suspected supporter of war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He and Ratko Mladic are considered to be the ICTY’s two most wanted suspects.
The VOA report can be found here.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia received an award from the Madrid-based Foundation Justice in the World praising, in particular, its independence. Foundation Justice in the World is comprised of Spanish Jurists.
The full press release can be found here.