The Arbitration Chamber of the Residual Mechanism of International Criminal Courts (IRRMCT) rejected the appeals of two Serbian officials, Jovica Stanisic and Franco Simatović, against the 12-year conviction in 2021, increasing their sentences to 15 years each.
In the statement made by the IRMCT on the decision of the Arbitral Chamber, he stated that the Serbian officials objected to the conviction of July 1, 2021, which found Stanisic and Simatović guilty of murder, deportation and crimes against humanity in Bosnia. and Herzegovina and Croatia in 1991-1995.
The statement stated that the prison sentence issued against former Serbian state security chief Stanisic and his deputy Simatović has been increased to 15 years each.
It was indicated in the statement that the objections of two Serbian officials against the conviction of July 1, 2021, which found Stanisic and Simatović guilty of murder, exile and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in 1991-1995, were rejected.
The Appeals Chamber overturned parts of the 2021 ruling that acquitted Stanisic and Simatović of participation in certain murders, exiles and crimes against humanity in 1991-1995 and ruled that they must also be punished for their participation in these crimes.
It was emphasized that Stanić and Simatović’s prison sentence would be increased from 12 to 15 years for this reason.
– An order was issued to re-trial them
Stanisic and Simatović were arrested for the first time in 2003 as part of the operation code-named “Sword” organized by the Serbian police, and in the same year. The Haguetransferred to. The trial of the duo, who claimed innocence at their first hearing, began in 2009, and 95 witnesses were heard throughout the trial.
In its indictment, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) demanded life imprisonment for the two defendants and charged Stanisic and Simatović with crimes against humanity, violations of the rules of war and massacres in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. deporting people by force.
The court, which had postponed hearings several times due to health problems, issued an acquittal in 2013 for the defendants accused of participating in the massacre that killed thousands of people during the Bosnian war, due to a lack of evidence.
The ICTY Prosecutor’s Office appealed the court’s acquittal verdict on 28 June 2013, requesting that the Appeals Board hold Stanić and Simatović liable for all counts in the indictment.
The ICTY ordered a retrial of Stanisic and Simatović in 2015, and a retrial of the Serbian officials began in 2017. After the ICTY suspended operations in 2017, Stanisic and Simatović’s case was taken over by IRMICT.
The defendants, accused by the prosecution of ethnic cleansing, murder and forced displacement of people during the 1991-1995 war, were alleged to have been the founders of militia groups known as “Arkan Tigers” and “Scorpions”, which raided settlements and killed civilians. Non-Serbs.
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