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Media accreditation now open for Gotovina and Markač Appeal Judgement on 16 November 2012

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The Hague, 7 November 2012

Media accreditation now open for Gotovina and Markač Appeal Judgement on 16 November 2012

 Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

The Appeals Judgement in the case of the two Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač, charged with crimes committed during the 1995 ‘Operation Storm’ military offensive in Croatia, will be rendered on Friday, 16 November 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom I.

Journalists wishing to cover the hearing should send an email to press [at] icty.org by Wednesday, 14 November, 17:00 pm.

The email should contain the name of the media outlet as well as full name, passport number and contact details of all journalists and AV technicians coming to the Tribunal.

Accreditation tickets should be picked up on Friday, 16 November from 8:00 onwards at the gate outside of the Tribunal’s main entrance.

Other members of the public wishing to attend the hearings should send an email to kralt.icty [at] un.org for more information on the procedure and space available.

On 15 April 2011, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač were found guilty of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war committed by the Croatian forces during the ‘Operation Storm’ military campaign between July and September 1995. They were sentenced to 24 and 18 years’ imprisonment respectively. The third Accused in the case, Ivan Čermak was acquitted of all charges.

The trial commenced on 11 March 2008 and lasted a total of 303 days during which 4,819 exhibits were admitted. The Trial Chamber heard the testimony of a total of 145 witnesses of which 81 witnesses were called by the Prosecution, 57 by the Defence and seven by the Trial Chamber itself. The appeal hearing took place on 14 May 2012. The Defence’s appeal briefs are available online. The Prosecution did not appeal the judgement.

Since its establishment, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 126 have been concluded. Proceedings are currently ongoing for 35 accused.


Case information

 The Appeals Judgement will be broadcast live on the Tribunal’s website

The Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, Magdalena Spalińska,
can be reached on +31 (0)6 5127 1242 or +31(0)70 512 5066 and spalinska [at] un.org

For further information please call the Media Office at +31 (70) 512-8752 or -5343 or -5356.



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