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Courts: European Court of Human Rights

4 November 2014

Families of missing persons lose their lawsuits in Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has not accepted the lawsuits brought by families of missing persons who wanted to sue Bosnia and Herzegovina for failing to find their family members and failing to prosecute those who are responsible.

6 March 2014

Damjanovic's Request Leniency Over Prisoner Abuse

Two Bosnian Serb brothers convicted of abusing Bosniak prisoners near Sarajevo in 1992 asked the appeals court for lower sentences because of the “absence of fatal consequences”.
27 December 2013

Misapplication of the Law - The Madness of Justice

Lawyer Miodrag Stojanovic says that the decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the application of the law led to a mess in the judiciary, explaining that indictees charged with crimes against humanity were left in a disadvantaged position, while those who are indicted for genocide “sneaked out”.
25 December 2013

Bosnia Keeps Fewer Indictees in Custody

Only 14 of about 100 people indicted for the gravest crimes are currently in the custody of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

17 December 2013

Defence Claims Non-Violent Person, Prosecutions Says Selfish Act

After the quashing of the second instance verdict, the prosecution requested that Zrinko Pincic be sentenced to a more than nine years of prison, while the defence believed he should be acquitted or receive a lower sentence.
13 December 2013

Sentences against the Damjanovic Brothers Reduced

Applying a decision by the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina reduces sentences against both Zoran and Goran Damjanovic by four and a half years. Goran Damjanovic is sentenced to six and a half years for war crimes against the civilian population, while his brother Zoran is sentenced to six years.

4 December 2013

Verdict against Damjanovics’ Due on December 13

At the renewed trial against Goran and Zoran Damjanovic, who are charged with war crimes, the Defence teams call for verdicts of release or minimal sentences according to the former Yugoslav law in the event that they are found guilty. The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina calls for an imprisonment sentence.

20 November 2013

Custody for Ten Former Convicts Requested

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina files custody order motions for ten former war-crimes and genocide convicts, who were released by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and allowed to defend themselves while at liberty. They were sentenced to between 14 and 33 years in prison.

20 November 2013

Release of Convicts not Ordered by Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina neither decided on whether war crimes trials should be renewed completely due to the wrong application of the law nor if convicts sentenced to long-term imprisonment should be released to liberty, says the Court President Valerija Galic.

20 November 2013

Bosnian War Criminals’ Release Sparks International Concern

The EU and international organisations in Bosnia expressed concerns after ten war crimes and genocide convicts were set free because they were tried under the wrong criminal code.
19 November 2013

About Twenty More BiH Court Verdicts under Question

Defence attorneys of convicts sentenced for genocide and war crimes before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina announce that proceedings will be renewed in many more cases due to the wrong application of the Criminal Code.

19 November 2013

Decisions that Will Consume Time and Money

The renewal of war-crimes trials due to the wrong application of laws will require huge financial resources and cause a backlog in the State Court’s work on new cases.

15 November 2013

Old Cases Could Block Bosnian State Court

The literal renewal of dozens of war crimes trial because of wrong application of criminal codes could block the work of the Bosnian State Court on new war crimes cases.

11 November 2013

Bosnian Judiciary Urged to Ensure Fairness for All

Judicial institutions were urged to make changes to ensure fairness after a European human rights court ruling led to the overturning of verdicts against several convicted war criminals.
24 October 2013

Bosnia Quashes Ten War Crimes Convictions

Bosnia’s constitutional court overturned the convictions of ten unnamed war criminals after a European human rights court ruling suggested they were tried under the wrong criminal code.