Judgement - Plavšić - 27 February 2003





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Bijlana Plavšić participated in "a crime of the utmost gravity, involving a campaign of ethnic separation which resulted in the death of thousands and the expulsion of thousands more in circumstances of great brutality"

At a Hearing on 2 October 2002 the accused pleaded guilty to Count 3 of the Indictment, persecutions, a crime against humanity. The accused's plea was entered pursuant to a Plea Agreement made between the parties. In the Agreement the Prosecutor agreed to move to dismiss the remaining counts of the Indictment following the accused's plea of guilty and they were subsequently dismissed. A written Factual Basis for the crime and Mrs. Plavšić's participation in it was filed with the Plea Agreement.
A Sentencing Hearing was held between 16 -- 18 December 2002. At the end of the hearing the Trial Chamber adjourned the case to consider sentence.

The facts were as follows. Count 3, to which the accused has pleaded guilty, alleges that between 1 July 1991 and 30 December 1992 the accused, acting individually and in concert with others in a joint criminal enterprise, planned, instigated, ordered and aided and abetted persecutions of the Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb populations of 37 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mrs. Plavšić is now aged 72 years, having been born on 7 July 1930 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She had a distinguished academic career as a Professor of Natural Sciences and Dean ofFaculty in the University of Sarajevo. She was not involved in politics until she joined the Serbian Democratic Party in July 1990. However, she very soon rose to become a prominent member of the party and she was elected as a Serbian Representative to the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 November 1990 until December 1992. The accused was also active in the Presidency of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then became a member of the collective and expanded Presidencies of Republika Srpska.

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