Brammertz satisfied with cooperation with Serbia

Chief Hague Prosecutor Serge Brammertz presented to the UN Security Council on Wednesday his regular biannual report on the court's work.

Source: Tanjug
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The report also covers cooperation with the states in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

Brammertz said that he is satisfied with Serbia's cooperation with the ICTY (Hague Tribunal), underscoring that the country provided access to documents and witnesses.

From November 2012 to May this year, Serbia has adequately responded to 21 requests for assistance, he noted.

Brammertz underlined that Serbia is working on criminal prosecution of individuals who offered assistance to fugitives, and that the Prosecution expects that will be completed quickly and efficiently.

He welcomed the signing of the protocol between the prosecutor's offices of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina on the exchange of evidence and information, and the same protocol between Croatia and Bosnia, but underlined that now a concrete action is needed.

Brammertz criticized the authorities in the region for the lack of progress in the search for missing persons.

He noted that today, the ICTY is subjected to fierce criticism, as never before, the main objection being, among other things, that its work will not contribute to reconciliation in the region.

“Certainly for the Office of the Prosecutor, it has been a difficult and challenging period.

As a party to the proceedings, we must accept the judgments issued. However, we are using, and will continue to use, all remaining legal mechanisms to press for the outcomes we think are just and that properly reflect the culpability of accused persons brought before the Tribunal,” the ICTY chief prosecutor underlined.

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