Two allies Milosevic convicted of war crimes in Bosnia

Two Serbian intelligence officers have been convicted of their role in war crimes during the 1992 Bosnia war, dealing with allies of former Yugoslav President Milosevic. Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic both receive 12 years in jail. Stanisic was the head of Serbian intelligence, Simatovic led an elite intelligence corps.

Their case occurred with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in The Hague. That United Nations court deals with tribunal cases that have already been dissolved. The Yugoslavia tribunal ceased to exist at the end of 2017, but this case had not yet been dealt with.

Bosanski Samac

Stanisic and Simatovic were still acquitted by the Yugoslavia Tribunal in 2013, but that ruling was reversed in 2015. After that, the treatment was taken over by IRMCT. Also today, the two Serbs were partly acquitted. Their conviction concerns only their involvement in murders and deportations in Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac in 1992.

In their role in Serbian intelligence, they financed and armed Serbian militias. At the ingestion of Bosanski Samac, buildings were looted, raped and destroyed buildings, according to the IRMCT prosecutor. Subsequently, Bosnian Croats and Muslims were tortured and murdered in detention centers.

There is still an appeal against the ruling. Stanisics attorney announced to do that. Stanisic has been in jail for five years now, Simatovic eight years. Simatovic may be released soon.