Monday, June 3, 2013

Stanisic and Simatovic arrive in Belgrade

5/31/2013 3:40:00 PM

BELGRADE - A plane from the Dutch city of Rotterdam carrying Jovica Stanisic, former Chief of the Serbian State Security Service, and Franko Simatovic, former commander of the service's Special Operations Unit, landed at Belgrade Airport around 11.30 am Friday. Stanisic and Simatovic returned to Belgrade after they were acquitted and released by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday. 

 They did not give any statements to the reporters waiting for them outside the airport's VIP lounge, leaving through a different exit. The two spent close to ten years at the ICTY's detention facility while the first-instance proceedings against them were in progress.
 The ICTY found it was not proven beyond reasonable doubt that Stanisic or Simatovic were responsible for directing, organizing, equipping, training, arming and financing units of the Serbian State Security Service which murdered, persecuted, deported and forcibly transferred non-Serb civilians from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia between 1991 and 1995. Photo AP, Martijn Beekman, pool

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