ICTY Appeals Chamber orders retrial of Stanisic and Simatovic

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday quashed the Trial Chamber's verdict against former Serbian State Security Service (SDB) officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that had acquitted them of any responsibility for war crimes committed in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1991-95 and ordered a retrial.

The Appeals Chamber ordered that Stanisic and Simatovic be tried again on all counts of the indictment and ruled that they should be immediately placed in custody.

In its acquittal, the Trial Chamber found that Stanisic and Simatovic had sent to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina the SDB's special purpose units called "Red Berets" which, together with the Serbian "Scorpions" volunteer unit led by Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan, and Croatian Serb rebel police forces committed crimes, however, this was not sufficient to find them responsible for crimes committed against non-Serbs as it was not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the said units had been deployed with the intent to commit crimes.

Last update: Tue, 15/12/2015 - 18:08

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