Interesting development this. The ICTY has overturned the convictions against two leading Croatian generals, over operation Oluja (Storm), which reunited breakaway regions of Croatia still in Serb rebel hands in 1995. The origional convictions said that the two men, Generals Anton Gotovina and Markac, had participated in a 'joint criminal enterprise', and sentenced them to 24 and 18 years respectively. Now the guilty verdict has been overturned on all counts.
BBC News - Hague war court acquits Croat Generals Gotovina and Markac
Is this a case of the prosecution stretching too far in describing the reunification of Croatia, from forces that sought to carve it up and add parts of its to Serbia proper, as a "joint criminal enterprise"? The judgement in the original case not only stood against the two generals, but also the actions of the Croatian government in reuniting its territory and overturning a rebel Serb occupation that had been achieved through ethnic cleansing. A case of damned if you do, damned if you don't. The Serb leaders of the recaptured Krajina region are already in jail after pleading guilty to ethnic cleansing in preparation for uniting it with 'Greater Serbia'.
Needless to say the government in Belgrade is annoyed. But should it be? These are events that took place in another country that was never recognised as Serbia (Greater or otherwise). Events that are now recognised as not being aimed at doing what the Serb leadership itself did, and supported. If Serbia is so deeply in denial, can it be long before it starts another war based on suspect claims of revenge? Should Serbia simply be happy with not being lumbered with reparitions and keep quiet? Or is it determined to make thigs worse for itself?