Montenegro War Crimes Prosecutions Stagnate in 2018


In 2018, Montenegrin prosecutors failed to secure a single conviction in any war crimes case. Although Montenegro was, in every sense, the smallest of all the former Yugoslav republics, and saw no war on its soil, the heavy legacy of the wars of the 1990s is still something with which its society remains uncomfortable.

Some former and current politicians had infamous roles in the events that most would like to sweep under the carpet. Montenegro took part directly in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia under the sceptre of Slobodan Milosevic, who ruled supreme over both Serbia and Montenegro. Currently, there is only one defendant on trial for war crimes against the civilian population, and it’s a case involving the lowest level of perpetrator, a Yugoslav Army volunteer named Vlado Zmajevic.

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