UN court temporarily to release ex-Serb intel chiefs

Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs are accused of arming and training militias who committed atrocities against non-Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia.

UN court temporarily to release ex-Serb intel chiefs
The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague said on Friday it would temporarily release two former Serbian intelligence chiefs after the court delayed their trial for at least three months in May.

The two suspects, Jovica Stanisic, head of the secret service of war crimes convict Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, and Franko Simatovic, a commander of elite Serb forces, are accused of arming and training militias who committed atrocities against non-Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty. The start to their trial has been repeatedly delayed by Stanisic's poor health.

An appeals chamber of the court last month granted a request from Stanisic to postpone proceedings and overturned an earlier ruling that he was fit to stand trial and could follow via a video-link set up in the tribunal's detention unit.

Stanisic, who suffers from osteoporosis, kidney stones and depression, had a fundamental right to be present in court, the appeals chamber ruled.

Reuters
Last Mod: 27 Haziran 2008, 16:15
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