Friday, February 27, 2009

ICTY: Trial Chamber Judgment in the Case Against Milutinović, Šainović, Ojdanić, Pavković, Lazarević, and Lukić

Yesterday, the ICTY Trial Chamber rendered its judgment in the case (No. IT-05-87) against Milan Milutinović, Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Nebojša Pavković, Vladimir Lazarević, and Sreten Lukić. The accused were senior Serbian officials who were charged (third amended indictment here) with crimes against humanity (deportation, forcible transfer, murder, and persecution) and war crimes (murder) for acts allegedly committed in Kosovo during the first half of 1999.

In its decision (judgment here, here, here, and here; summary here; press release here), the Trial Chamber found Šainović, Pavković, and Lukić guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes. They were each sentenced to twenty years imprisonment. Lazarević and Ojdanić were convicted of crime against humanity and sentenced to fifteen years each. Milutinović was acquitted.