The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and its successor, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) have not returned to the Republic of Serbia the extensive archives that it delivered to them, and which have not been used or are no longer needed for the ongoing trials before the Mechanism, even though they were supposed to do so a long time ago, learned Politika.

It is unclear whether the aforementioned documents will ever be returned, considering that it is extremely extensive, that the return process takes a long time, and the fact that the last process is set to conclude in June of next year.

At the Security Council session three days ago, Minister of Justice Maja Popović mentioned returning the documents.

“There is no reason to further delay starting the process of returning the original documentation,” Popović said.

The documents delivered to the ICTY and the IRMCT, as we learned, should be returned to Serbia on the basis of the initiative for returning the documents requested by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY that have not been used as evidence in proceedings, which was launched in 2009 based on a conclusion by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.