In his advisory opinion of 3 May 2013, the advocate general has advised the Supreme Court 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' concerns 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. These men were Rizo Mustafić, an electrician working for Dutchbat and two family members of Husan Nuhanović, an interpreter working for Dutchbat. They were sent off the base by the Dutch battalion during the fall of the Srebrenica-enclave in 1995.
On 5 July 2011, the Appeals Court of The Hague determined that the State was liable for the death of these men; the State lodged an appeal in cassation against those verdicts.
The surviving relatives are represented by Liesbeth Zegveld.
Read the press release by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands here (available in Dutch).
- Advisory opinion Mustafić vs The Netherlands
- Advisory opinion Nuhanović vs The Netherlands