Sarajevo siege general's sentence cut by 4 years

Sarajevo siege general`s sentence cut by 4 years The Hague: A UN court today cut an ex-Bosnian Serb general's sentence by four years after finding there was no evidence he ordered certain shootings of civilians during a siege of Sarajevo.

The ruling reduced his sentence from 33 years to 29.

"The appeals chamber... reduces (Dragomir) Milosevic's sentence to 29 years of imprisonment," judge Fausto Pocar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said in The Hague.

Milosevic, 67, had appealed his 2007 conviction, seeking an acquittal, while the prosecution had asked the appeals court to change the sentence to one of life imprisonment.

The judges found that while the trial court had erred in finding that Milosevic planned and ordered three incidents of shelling in 1994 and 1995, he nevertheless remained responsible for the crimes as a military commander.

Milosevic, no relation to the late Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, commanded troops of the Bosnian Serb Army's Sarajevo Romanija Corps (SRK), who lay siege to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo from August 1994 to the end of the Bosnian war in November 1995.

The troops shelled the city and directed sniper fire against civilians as they queued for bread, went to markets or walked with their children.

According to human rights organisations, some 10,000 civilians, including 1,500 children, died in the 44-month siege of Sarajevo -- the longest such blockade in Europe since the end of World War II.

Bureau Report