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Croatian Senior Generals Acquitted of War Crimes

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Croatia, Serbia, History, International Relations, Politics, War & Conflict

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia comments [1] on this Friday's UN appeal court's judgment [2] acquitting Croatian generals Ante Gotovina [3] and Mladen Markač [4] of war crimes [5]:

[…] Some people are delighted with the judgment and other people are outraged, with divisions following predictable political lines. The appeals chamber itself is no less divided. The five judges on the panel made most of their decisions by a 3-2 vote. […] So consensus about the law and the facts of the case is not any greater among the members of the appeals chamber than it is in the public. This gives us a result that does not settle controversies, but keeps them burning for a good long time. […]