Bosnia Urged to Reduce Length of War Crimes Trials


British Judge Joanna Korner’s recent critical report on the prosecution of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina highlighted how lengthy trials serve to delay justice even longer, more than two decades after the end of the 1992-1995 war. The report cited several cases that have dragged on for about five years.

There have been many reasons for the delays of the proceedings. A reason in particular that has been singled out is the overwhelming amount of evidence. A member of the chair of the standing committee for assessing the complexity of war crime cases at the Bosnian state court, Judge Minka Kreho, explains that the length of proceeding is “dictated by the complexity of indictments, the number of counts with which defendants are charged, the number of witnesses and pieces of material evidence, as well as the availability of witnesses.”

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