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Stanišić and Župljanin Appeals Judgement to be rendered on 30 June 2016

| The Hague |

The Appeals Chamber Judgement in the case of Mićo Stanišić and Stojan Župljanin, two former high ranking Bosnian Serb officials, is scheduled to be rendered on Thursday, 30 June 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom I.

Mićo Stanišić, former Minister of the Interior of Republika Srpska, and Stojan Župljanin, former Chief of the Regional Security Services Centre of Banja Luka, were indicted as participants in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) aimed at permanently removing Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats, and other non-Serbs from the territory of a planned Serbian state in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The Trial Chamber found that Stanišić and Župljanin participated in this JCE and that many of the crimes committed in a number of municipalities in BiH were foreseeable to the accused. The Trial Chamber sentenced both Stanišić and Župljanin to 22 years’ imprisonment for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed between April and December 1992 in BiH.


Case Background

Mićo Stanišić and Stojan Župljanin were initially indicted by the Tribunal in 2005 and 1999, respectively. Mićo Stanišić surrendered and was transferred into the Tribunal’s custody on 11 March 2005. Stojan Župljanin was arrested by Serbian authorities and brought to the Tribunal’s Detention Unit on 21 June 2008. The Trial Chamber granted the Prosecution’s motion to join the two cases in September 2008. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all charges. The trial commenced on 14 September 2009 and concluded on 1 June 2012. The Trial Chamber sat for 354 days, during which it admitted the evidence of 199 witnesses and entered nearly 4,400 exhibits into evidence.                                                               

Both the Prosecution and the Defense filed their notices of appeal on 13 May 2013. The Appeal Hearing was held on 16 December 2015.

Since its establishment, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991. Proceedings against 151 accused individuals have been concluded. Proceedings are currently ongoing for 10 accused.

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

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