Stanišić, Jovica

Jovica StanisicJovica Stanišić held the position of Deputy Head of the Serbian State Security Service (Državna bedzbednost or DB) throughout 1991 and was de facto head of the DB until his formal appointment to the position of Head or Chief of the DB from 31 December 1991 to 27 October 1998. Between April 1991 and December 1995, Jovica Stanišić allegedly ordered, committed or otherwise aided and abetted the persecution of Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats within the Serbian Autonomous District of Krajina, the Serb-controlled areas of Croatia as well as municipalities in northern and eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). These persecutions were committed on discriminatory grounds and included the murder, forcible transfer and deportation of non-Serb civilians.

Jovica Stanišić was indicted together with Franko Simatović on 1 May 2003. He is accused of participating in a joint criminal enterprise, whose alleged purpose was the forcible removal of non-Serbs from large areas of Croatia and BiH. Stanišić is charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility with four counts of crimes against humanity and one count of violation of laws and customs of war. On 28 July 2004, the Trial Chamber granted the motion for provisional release of the accused, which was later confirmed by the Appeals Chamber on 26 June 2008.

On 24 April 2009, Trial Chamber I granted a Prosecution Motion to revoke the provisional release of the accused, and following a status conference the trial recommenced on 9 June 2009. The Trial Chamber has set out specific modalities for the trial in order to accommodate Stanišić’s medical condition and enable him to participate in the proceedings. Hearings will be held two days a week, with Stanišić able to follow the proceedings via video-conference and communicate with his counsel via telephone.

On 15 October 2009, the Chamber ordered that Stanišić be provisionally released from 19 October until 25 November 2009.

The trial resumed on 30 November 2009.

The Prosecution rested its case on 5 April 2011.

The Defence case is scheduled to commence on 15 June 2011.

Stanisic and Simatovic trial recommences at ICTY
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