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.