News 14 Jul 16

Croatian Serb Ex-Leader Asks for Hague Help

Milan Martic, the convicted former leader of a rebel Serb wartime statelet, asked the UN-backed court in The Hague to intervene to prevent the Croatian judiciary from trying him again for war crimes.

Justice Report
BIRN
Belgrade
Milan Martic in court in The Hague. Photo: ICTY.

Milan Martic, who is currently serving a 35-year war crimes sentence in Estonia, asked the Hague-based war crimes court on Thursday to intervene to prevent his trial in absentia in Zagreb for rocket attacks on Croatian cities.

“The violation of the right not to be tried twice for the same crime should have been prevented,” said Martic’s lawyer in a motion to the Mechanism for International Tribunals.

Martic faces trial in Zagreb as the president of the wartime Republic of Serbian Krajina, along with its military chief-of-staff, Milan Celeketic.

According to the Croatian indictment, the two men are accused of ordering and organising rocket attacks on Zagreb, as well as the towns of Karlovac and Jastrebarsko, in reprisal for the Croatian military’s Operation Flash in the western Slavonia area in May 1995.

As Martic was already convicted of the attacks on Zagreb by the Hague Tribunal in 2008, he is now only indicted for the attacks on Karlovac and Jastrebarsko, while Celeketic is accused of attacking all three cities.

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