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Appeals Judgement - Blagojević & Jokić (Part 1/2) - 09 May 2007

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Published on Oct 6, 2011

More Information: http://www.icty.org/x/cases/blagojevi...

The events giving rise to these appeals took place in the immediate aftermath of the take-over of the Srebrenica "safe area" by the Army of the Republika Srpska which I will subsequently refer to as the VRS. Srebrenica, a predominantly Muslim municipality before the war, is in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina near the border with Serbia. On 16 April 1993, the United Nations Security Council declared it a "safe area which should be free from any armed attack or any other hostile act." Between 6 and 11 July 1995, the VRS attacked and gained control of Srebrenica. In the following days, various elements of the VRS detained and killed thousands of Bosnian Muslim men, while transporting the women, children, and elderly out of Srebrenica on buses. This case has focused primarily on the role played in these events by the Bratunac and Zvornik Brigades of the Drina Corps of the VRS and, in particular, by two of their respective officers at the time, Colonel Vidoje Blagojević and Major Dragan Jokić.

Mr. Vidoje Blagojević commanded the Bratunac Brigade in July 1995. Based on his actions as well as those of the Bratunac Brigade in the events following the fall of Srebrenica, the Trial Chamber convicted Mr. Blagojević under Article 7(1) of the Statute for complicity in genocide (Count 1B); aiding and abetting murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war (Count 4); and aiding and abetting murder (Count 3), persecutions (Count 5), and other inhumane acts (forcible transfer) (Count 6) as crimes against humanity. The Trial Chamber sentenced Mr. Blagojević to a single sentence of imprisonment for 18 years.

Mr. Dragan Jokić held the position of Chief of Engineering of the Zvornik Brigade, in July 1995, with the rank of major. Based on his actions as well as those of the Zvornik Brigade in the events following the fall of Srebrenica, the Trial Chamber convicted Mr. Jokić under Article 7(1) of the Statute for aiding and abetting murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war (Count 4); and of aiding and abetting extermination (Count 2) and persecutions through murder (Count 5) as crimes against humanity. The Trial Chamber sentenced Mr. Jokić to a single sentence of imprisonment for 9 years.

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