Belgrade wants Hague convicts to go to jail in Serbia

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Tuesday in Belgrade with Judge Theodor Meron, president of the UN International Residual Mechanism for the Criminal Tribunals.

Source: Tanjug,

During the meeting Brnabic urged that every effort be made to ensure better treatment of Serbian citizens serving sentences handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

She called for Serbia's request to enable them to serve the remainder of their sentences in their home country to be considered again, the government said in a statement quoted by Tanjug.

According to the press release, Meron described the cooperation with the Serbian government as very good, and said that, when Serbia is in question, the Mechanism continues to work in four cases.

He also expressed concern over inadequate prison conditions of some convicts and underlined that there is no consensus within the institution regarding the serving of prison sentences in Serbia.

Brnabic and Maron "also spoke about the establishment of an information center in Serbia, which would allow the citizens of the region access to the archives of this court."

Meron, whose mandate expires early next year, voiced confidence that cooperation with Serbia will continue in the future, during the term of the future president of the Mechanism - which inherited some competencies of the former Hague Tribunal (ICTY).


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