UN court to rule on Sarajevo siege general

The UN court for the former Yugoslavia is set to rule Wednesday on the case of Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic, accused of terrorizing Sarajevo during the siege of the Bosnian capital.

UN court to rule on Sarajevo siege general
The prosecution has demanded a life sentence for Milosevic who they believe is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against Sarajevo's inhabitants during the 44-month-siege.

Milosevic has pleaded not guilty to all charges before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and his defence asked for acquittal.

The siege of Sarajevo — the longest such blockade in post-World War II Europe — began in April 1992 and lasted until November 1995 and is considered one of the darkest periods of the Bosnian war (1992-95).

Bosnian Serb troops shelled the city and used snipers against civilians, spreading terror among Sarajevans as they queued for bread, went to market or were simply walking with their children.

The bloodshed played out in front of television cameras, with UN peacekeepers unable to stop the horror.

Human rights organisations estimate that nearly 12,000 people including 1,500 children died during the 44-month blockade.

Milosevic — no relation to the late Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic — was in command of the Bosnian Serb troops who laid siege to the Bosnian capital for 15 months.

According to prosecutors he conducted a "campaign of terror" against Sarajevo's mainly Muslim inhabitants, who "could never even hope for safety".

Milosevic's predecessor as commander of Bosnian Serb forces in Sarajevo, Stanislav Galic, became the first person and so far the only person to be definitely sentenced to life in jail by the appeals chamber of the UN court in November on similar charges. A life sentence is the maximum sentence under the court's statute.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 12:18
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