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Judgement - Obrenović - 10 December 2003

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For more information: http://www.icty.org/x/cases/obrenovic...

DRAGAN OBRENOVIĆ SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT

Mr. Obrenović, a 40 year-old Bosnian Serb, was indicted by the Office of the Prosecutor on 9 April 2001 for crimes including complicity in genocide, persecutions and extermination. He was arrested by SFOR on 15 April 2001, and transferred to the Tribunal, where he has remained in detention at the United Nations Detention Unit.

Dragan Obrenović was jointly charged with three other accused and his trial commenced on 14 May 2003. Upon the examination-in-chief of the first Prosecution witness, the Trial Chamber was seised with a joint motion for consideration of a plea agreement between Dragan Obrenović and the Prosecution. A hearing was held to address the joint motion on 21 May 2003, at the conclusion of which the Trial Chamber accepted Dragan Obrenović's plea of guilt to one count of crimes against humanity, namely persecutions, punishable under Article 5(h) and Articles 7(1) and 7(3) of the Statute, and entered a conviction thereupon.

Pursuant to the Plea Agreement, the Prosecution moved to dismiss the remaining counts and they were subsequently dismissed. Additionally, under the Plea Agreement, Dragan Obrenović agreed to testify in other proceedings before the Tribunal, including those trials related to Srebrenica. In October 2003, Mr. Obrenović testified in the trial of his two former co-accused for seven days.

A sentencing hearing was held on 30 October 2003, at which four live witnesses were heard on behalf of the Defence. The testimony of an additional nine witnesses was admitted on behalf of the Defence and five witnesses on behalf of the Prosecution, pursuant to Rule 92 bis.

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