UN March 1. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. Russia on Monday did not support the resolution of the UN Security Council about the appointment of Serge Brammertz as Prosecutor of the International residual mechanism for criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin abstained, and the document was adopted by 14 votes in favor.
Brammertz is the Prosecutor of the International criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which has been repeatedly criticized by Russia for delay in court proceedings. Nominations for leadership positions of the residual mechanism, which will perform the functions of the two tribunals after their closure, proposed by UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon.
“In our view, given the positions they held in recent years presents the candidates to the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, such appointments may lead to the reproduction and conservation in the operation of the Mechanism significant deficiencies, characteristic for the work of the ICTY”, – said Vitaly Churkin on the results of the vote.
According to him, for the ICTY, which was to complete the work 5 years ago, “business as usual” were “serious problems with the judicial administration”. The envoy drew attention to the case of the leader of the Serbian radical party Vojislav Seselj, who is about 12 years old was in custody of the ICTY without a verdict. “It is unclear how such egregious examples relate to the presumption of innocence and the basic guarantees of the rights of defendants, especially with the ICTY proclaimed the commitment to the highest standards of justice,” the diplomat said.
He also expressed concern about the death in February in the Hague prison, the former Deputy commander of the Bosnian Serb army Zdravko Tolimir, the defenders of which in 2015 were asked to release him for treatment in Serbia. As said Churkin, such cases confirm that ICTY defendants not only deprived of procedural guarantees and fundamental rights such as the right to life and medical care. The permanent representative of the Russian Federation insisted on the investigation of the medical unit of the ICTY and urged the UN Secretary General to give the corresponding order.