Statistics on the ICTY: 126 cases closed, 14 to go

25th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, before which wartime Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic is due to appear for the first time on Monday as its last indicted fugitive, has concluded proceedings against 126 others accused of the most serious crimes committed during the 1990s Balkans wars.

Some statistics on the UN-backed war crimes court:

- 161 people have been indicted by the ICTY since its creation in 1993. Goran Hadzic's arrest in Serbia last Wednesday concluded the tribunal's search for those suspected of war crimes during the Balkan wars.

- The tribunal has sentenced 64 people, and procedures against them are closed.

- The court has acquitted 13 people and referred 13 to national courts for trial.

- Sixteen accused died before a verdict was reached, including former Serbia's former president Slobodan Milosevic, who died on March 11, 2006, in his jail cell in The Hague's detention unit.

- Fourteen accused are currently on trial, including Bosnian Serb wartime political chief Radovan Karadzic. Since his trial opened in October 2009, 87 witnesses for the prosecution have given testimony.

The trial of former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir, accused of genocide for his role in the Srebrenica massacre, started in February 2010.

The trial of his superior and chief of the Bosnian Serb army, Ratko Mladic, is not expected to get under way for several months following his arrest in Serbia on May 26 after 16 years on the run.

- Four people have been sentenced to life in prison: Former Bosnian Serb general Stanislav Galic, who commanded the siege of Sarajevo, received a life sentence on appeal after being sent to jail for 20 years.

Three others, Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader Milan Lukic, former Bosnian Serb army lieutenant-colonel Vujadin Popovic and former colonel Ljubisa Beara were appealing their sentences.

- Sixteen are awaiting the outcome of appeals.

© 2011 AFP

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