BELGRADE – The ICTY Tuesday granted Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic provisional release pending the beginning of their retrial in The Hague.


The decision neither specifies a date nor a deadline for their return, chaiman of Serbia’s national council for cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic told Tanjug.

The tribunal granted the motion for provisional release filed by the defence lawyers on December 17 with the argument that the defendants had never failed to meet any of the requirements or appear before the court when summoned.

Simatovic and Stanisic were first acquitted on all counts of an indictment for crimes allegedly committed in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina but the verdict was overturned and a new trial ordered on December 14.

The date of the first hearing in the retrial has not yet been determined.