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Acquittal of JSO members in Serbia indicative of judiciary's politicisation and corruption, likely preventing investigation of politicians

17 July 2018


Last week, the Higher Court in Belgrade acquitted seven former members of a disbanded special forces unit (Jedinica za specijalne operacije: JSO) of armed mutiny in 2001.

In November that year, the JSO members had refused orders and blocked the main highway running through Belgrade in protest against a criminal procedure code that facilitated the extradition of war crimes suspects to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The protest ended once the Minister of Interior and the head of the former State Security Service (Služba državne bezbednosti: SDB) were replaced by individuals trusted by JSO seniors.

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