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Appeals Judgement - Krstić - 19 April 2004

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Published on Apr 3, 2012

The Appeals Chamber is here today to deliver its judgement on appeal in the case of the Prosecutor against Mr Radislav Krstic. Both the Prosecution and the Defence have appealed from the judgement issued by Trial Chamber I of this Tribunal on 2 August 2001. This followed a trial which began here at the Hague on 13 March 2000 and ran for just over one year.

The facts of this case relate mainly to events which took place in the town of Srebrenica around July 1995. Srebrenica is located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It gave its name to a United Nations so-called "safe area", which was intended as an enclave of safety set up to protect its civilian population from the surrounding war. Since July 1995, however, Srebrenica has also lent its name to an event the horrors of which form the background to this case. The depravity, brutality and cruelty with which the VRS, the Bosnian Serb Army, treated the innocent inhabitants of the safe area are now well known and documented. Bosnian women, children and elderly were removed from the enclave, and between seven to eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men were systematically murdered.

Srebrenica is located in the area for which the Drina Corps of the VRS was responsible. Radislav Krstic was a General-Major in the VRS and Commander of the Drina Corps at the time the crimes at issue were committed. For his involvement in these events, the Trial Chamber found Radislav Krstic guilty of genocide; persecution through murders, cruel and inhumane treatment, terrorising the civilian population, forcible transfer and destruction of personal property as crimes against humanity; and murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war. For these convictions, the Trial Chamber sentenced Mr Krstic to forty-six years' imprisonment.

More Information: http://icty.org/case/krstic/4

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