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Prosecution, Defence Lawyers Spar as Serbian Officials’ Retrial Concludes

The third and final day of closing arguments in the retrial of former Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko 'Frenki' Simatovic at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Wednesday saw disputes between prosecution and defence over incidents from the 1990s.

Acquit Serbian State Security Chiefs, Defence Tells UN Court

The defence teams of Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic urged the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday to acquit both men of committing crimes during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia from 1991 to 1995.

Croatia Says Serbia Must Resolve Missing Persons Issue Before Joining EU

President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday that he spoke with representatives of Croatian war veterans' associations and agreed with them that the fate of Croatian soldiers and civilians who went missing during the 1990s war for independence from Yugoslavia must finally be established.

Prosecutor Urges Life Imprisonment for Serbian Security Officials

The prosecutor at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Douglas Stringer, urged the UN court on Monday to impose life sentences on former Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko 'Frenki' Simatovic for crimes committed during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia.

UN Court Hears Closing Arguments in Serbian Security Officials’ Trial

Closing arguments in the case against former Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, who are accused of controlling Serb fighters who committed crimes during the Croatian and Bosnian wars, are being heard from Monday to Wednesday at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.

Croatian Street Names Still Bear Names of WWII Fascists

On April 10, 1941, Slavko Kvaternik, the deputy leader of the Croatian World War II-era fascist Ustasa movement, proclaimed on Zagreb Radio the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia, NDH.

Migrants, public assembly highlighted in Amnesty report

Ljubljana – Amnesty International says in its latest human rights report that Slovenia denied asylum-seekers access to asylum in 2020, while forcibly returning migrants to Croatia. The country is criticised for limiting freedom of assembly during the pandemic, handling Covid infections at care homes inadequately, and failing to resolve Roma issues.

New traffic regulations in Croatia affect drivers from Serbia

The new National Road Safety Plan envisages the abolition of the 10% tolerance for speeding and the reduction of the limit values of the allowed amount of alcohol in the driver's blood, which now amounts to 0.5 per mille.

Abused Girl’s Death Highlights Social Care System Problems in Croatia

After a two-and-a-half-year-old girl who was badly beaten by her mother died in a Zagreb hospital on Sunday, the government has admitted that there are problems with Croatia's social care system and promised to work on improvements.

Belgrade is the 4th most expensive city in Europe – what’s missing?

All those wondering these days if they can afford the luxury of buying an apartment in Belgrade, which according to one research is the fourth most expensive European city in terms of real estate prices in relation to the average income, have no reason to worry. As explained from real estate professionals, the methodology according to which the research was done was quite questionable.

Slovenia to get pro rata share of 10m doses of Pfizer vaccine

Brussels – Slovenia will get its pro rata share from a package of 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine whose delivery has been pushed forward from the first to the second quarter of the year. Under the plan agreed last evening by EU member states, this means approximately 47,000 doses of the vaccine.

Travel agencies still coping, expect state recovery aid

Ljubljana – Travel agencies, which have not been able to provide services to consumers or organise trips for the majority of the past year due to the Covid-19 measures, are not doing well, but the situation is not yet “tragic”. They have been eligible for state aid and the state is also expected to help them restart their activity in full.