Chief Prosecutor speaks about the remaining War Criminals

May 30, 2017 7:45 AM

Serge Brammertz Visiting B&H“It is very sad that after 24 years of processing of war crimes at the international and national level, these crimes are still denied, proven facts are not accepted and war criminals are still glorified,” said the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Serge Brammertz, and noted that 5,000 people still need to be prosecuted for crimes committed in BiH.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will be closed at the end of this year. Cases that are left unfinished will be completed through the so-called “Mechanism for International Courts”.

Brammertz noted that his priority is the completion of trials and appeal proceedings. The trial in the case of “Stanisic and Simatovic” will be repeated and it will start on June 13. There is also the case “Seselj”, for which is expected Appellate Judgment at the end of this year or in the early next year.

“My priority is to locate and arrest eight remaining fugitives from the Tribunal for Rwanda. Three of the eight fugitives will be prosecuted at the Mechanism. Finally, we are here to help to national judiciaries in the prosecution of international crimes that were committed in territories of the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda,” says Brammertz.

Brammertz is also expecting the appeal in the case “Mladic”.

“We are welcoming the appointment of a new prosecutor for war crimes after a long delay, and we are looking forward to co-operating with Mrs. Snezana Stanojkovic,” stated Brammertz.

He also noted that there are no outstanding issues in cooperation with BiH.

“We have a very good cooperation with the authorities of BiH, and we confirmed this fact in the latest report to the Security Council,” concluded Brammertz.



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