Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ICTY Appeals Chamber Affirms 4-Month Sentence for Witness Who Refused to Testify before ICTY Trial Chamber

ICTYThe Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has upheld the conviction of a Bosnian Serb army officer who was given a four-month jail sentence earlier this year for refusing to testify in a case. 

The ICTY Appeals Chamber dismissed the appeal of Dragan Jokic against his conviction and sentence issued by the ICTY trial chamber in March.  Mr. Jokic had been subpoenaed to testify as a prosecution witness in the case of Popovic and others in late 2007, but he refused to do so, giving his reasons in a confidential submission to the ICTY.  The trial chamber ruled that his submission did not justify the refusal to testify, stressing that the duty of subpoenaed witnesses to testify was a basic principle of justice.

Mr. Jokic will serve his four-month sentence in an Austrian jail where he is also serving a separate nine-year term imposed by the ICTY in 2005 after he was convicted of aiding and abetting the notorious extermination, murder and persecution of Bosnian Muslim men in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.  Click here to read more about the ICTY appellate panel decision.

The full text of the judgment is available by clicking here

Hat tip to UN Press Office.

(mew)

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