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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3594

Mr Price asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 10 March 2009:

In the conflict resulting from the break up of the former Yugoslavia, (a) how many warrants have been issued by the International Court of Justice for suspected war criminals from (i) Bosnia, (ii) Croatia, and (iii) Serbia, and (b) how many suspected war criminals from each country have been handed over to the International Court of Justice.

Mr Stephen Smith (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is the independent ad hoc judicial body established by the United Nations Security Council for the specific purpose of investigating and prosecuting crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia during the armed conflict of the 1990s. It was established in 1993 and is expected to disband in 2012 when all proceedings are concluded. The International Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction over cases of individual criminal responsibility.

According to information provided on the ICTY website, the ICTY has issued at least 89 warrants for individuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of those, approximately 86 appear to have been transferred to the tribunal. At least 14 warrants have been issued for individuals from Croatia. Of those, approximately 12 have been transferred to the tribunal. The ICTY has issued at least 15 warrants for individuals from Serbia. Of these 15, all have been transferred to the tribunal.