Dutch Advocate-General dismisses Appeal by Dutch State in Srebrenica case

In his advisory opinion of 3 May 2013, the Advocate-General has advised the Supreme Court of The Hague to dismiss the appeal in cassation lodged by the State of the Netherlands in what has come to be known as the 'Srebrenica case'.  The tentative date for the verdict is set for 6 September 2013.

 The 'Srebrenica case' includes two cases initiated in 2002 by the surviving relatives of three Muslim men who were killed by Bosnian-Serbian troops under the command of Ratko Mladić.  (See our Cases page under Cases before National CourtsThe Netherlands) On 5 July 2011, the Appeals Court of The Hague determined that the State was liable for the death of these men. However the State of the Netherlands lodged an appeal in cassation against those verdicts. The dismissal of that appeal now opens the way for the surviving relatives, represented by Liesbeth Zegveld of Böhler Advocaten in Amsterdam, to see their right to compensation realised.

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