Thursday, June 10, 2010

2 life terms for Bosnia genocide

The largest trial ever before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia concluded today with 7 convictions -- and 2 sentences to life in prison -- for crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims in 1995 in the U.N.-protected communities of Srebrenica and Žepa. (photo credit)
Facing life imprisonment following convictions for genocide, extermination, murder, and persecution are 2 of of the defendants, Vujadin Popović, Chief of Security of the Drina Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army and Ljubiša Beara, Chief of Security in the Army's Main staff. Other sentences ranged from 35 to 5 years' impsonment.
The judgment in Prosecutor v. Popović et al. (IT-05-88) "Srebrenica" (which includes a finding of joint criminal enterprise) does not yet appear to be available online. A 15-page summary (!) of the opinions by the panel comprising Judges Carmel Agius (Malta), Kimberly Prost (ad litem, Canada), and O-Gon Kwon (South Korea), is here.

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