17 November 201214:51

Comment of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in connection with the ICTY acquittal in the case of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markach

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On November 16 The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) justified the Croatian army generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markach, whose in April 2011, were sentenced by the same tribunal to 24 and 18 years of imprisonment respectively for crimes against humanity, war crimes, mass murders, repressions, deportation of Serbs and destruction of their property.

Accepted verdict once again calls into question the declared objectivity and impartiality of ICTY. I regret to say that the Tribunal could not become the truly impartial body of international justice with equal relation to all parties of the conflict on the Yugoslavia territory. According to the media reports, the verdict caused the surprise of even the former ICTY Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who at one time made its own significant «contribution» to the formation of one-sided anti-Serb policy of the ICTY.

Doubtfulness of the decision is confirmed by the fact that two of the five judges refused to support it.

Russia reaffirms its strong position in favor of work minimizing of the ICTY strictly within the terms established by the UN Security Council resolution 1966 (2010).

November 17, 2012

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