Thursday, June 10, 2010
Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has handed down its verdicts in the Popovic case, one of the largest and most involved cases in the ICTY’s history. The seven defendants, each high-ranking police and military officers, were convicted on a range of offenses related to their conduct surrounding the atrocities committed in Srebrenica and Zepa in 1995. The defendants were convicted of offenses ranging from genocide to extermination and persecution (qua crimes against humanity) to murder in violation of the laws or customs of war. The official press release is available at http://www.icty.org/sid/10415, and the official summary of judgment is available at http://www.icty.org/x/cases/popovic/tjug/en/100610summary.pdf. A rundown of the sentences is as follows:
- Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara were each convicted of genocide, extermination, murder and persecution, and sentenced to life imprisonment
- Drago Nikolic was sentenced to 35 years for aiding and abetting the principals.
- Ljubomir Borovcanin was sentenced to 17 years was convicted of aiding and abetting the principals and also, as a superior, of murder as a crime against humanity and of murder as a violation of the laws and customs of war;
- Radivoje Miletic was sentenced to 19 years for murder, persecution, and forcible transfer;
- Milan Gvero was sentenced to five years for persecution and inhuman acts; and
- Vinko Pandurevic was sentenced to 13 years for abetting murder, persecution, and inhumane acts.