Yugoslav Tribunal Joins All 3 Cases and Starts Milosevic Prosecution

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Monday, April 1, 2002
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
4
164
Abstract: 
On February 1, 2002, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) overturned the decision issued by Trial Chamber III on December 13, 2001, refusing to join the Indictment against Slobadam Milosevic, thereby allowing Trial Chamber III to hear together all three indictment. On February 12, 2002, the trail started. The appeal concerned the decision of December 13, 2001, refusing to join the Indictment against Mr. Milosevic relating to crimes alleged to have been committed in Kosovo with the indictments relating to crimes alleged to have been committed in Croatia and Bosnia, but deciding that the Croatia and Bosnia Indictments should be joined. The hearing and order indicated that the Appeals Chamber agreed that the Trial chamber erred insofar as it found that a joint trail would be unmanageable for the Trial Chamber III, even though the latter did not state any reason in support of the conclusion. The Prosecuting must establish the chains of command that could link Mr. Milosevic to the Crimes. The prosecution will call members of Mr. Milosevic’s inner circle to prove the conspiracy.