Former Serb republic leader convicted of crimes against humanity at ICTY

[JURIST] Milan Martic [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF; BBC profile] was convicted [judgment summary] Tuesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] of 16 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of laws and customs of war, for crimes including persecutions, murder, torture, deportation, attacks on civilians, and wanton destruction of civilian areas. The former leader of the self-proclaimed "Republic of Serbian Krajina" (RSK) [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Croatia was sentenced to 35 years in prison [press release]. The ICTY trial chamber found that Martic exercised "absolute authority" over the RSK's Interior Ministry and security forces, and failed to prevent or punish war crime violations, and even encouraged the "widespread and systematic" persecution of Croatian non-Serbs. Martic was also found to be responsible for ordering an indiscriminate rocket attack on the Croatian capital of Zagreb, which killed seven civilians and injured at least 200 people.

Martic, whose trial began [JURIST report] in December 2005 after his 2002 surrender, was found not guilty of extermination. AP has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.