No request for sentence review for Croatian generals
SARAJEVO, Nov 21 - RAPSI, Yulia Petrovskaya. Frederick Swinnen, Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced on Tuesday that he would not be seeking a review of the not guilty verdict for the two Croatian generals, the Serbian RTS channel reports.
Swinnen explained that the recent decision of the Appeals Chamber to release Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, who had been charged with war crimes against Serb civilians in 1995, was final.
"Technically, any party may apply for a verdict review if new evidence is discovered that was not available during the trial. But at the moment, we are not planning to do this," Swinnen said.
The ICTY charged Gotovina and Markac with war crimes against Serbs during the Operation Storm in 1995. In April 2011, the international court sentenced them to 24 and 18 years in prison respectively. On November 16, 2012, the ICTY Appeals Chamber declared them not guilty by a majority vote.
Operation Storm was the largest military operation in the region since the dissolution of Yugoslavia and brought an end to the 1991-1995 Croatian War for Independence. The operation carried out in August 1995 ended with the defeat of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, a self-proclaimed Serb entity that existed in the 1990s. Over 2,000 Serbs went missing or were killed during the operation, half of them civilians. Over 250,000 were forced to leave their homes and became refugees.