War crimes and the ICTY - Part 4

posted by julia on 2006/01/09 00:29

[ War crimes and the ICTY ]

Seven cases involving war crimes committed by Serbian forces in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo have been brought to trial so far. According to Dragoljub Stankovic, one of five deputy prosecutors in Serbia's war crimes department, quoted in the New York Times (8.1.2006) this "points to the readiness of the state and judiciary to face the past." Nevertheless, Bogdan Ivanisevic, the Human Rights Watch representative in Belgrade, reminds us that
the army and the police are powerful, and barely reformed, institutions. Addressing the responsibility of the senior officers would be quite a bite for the prosecutors, something they could do only if they felt supported by the government.



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