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ICTY sentences Bosnian Serb general to 33 years for war crimes

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Wednesday sentenced [judgment summary; press release] former Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] to 33 years in prison after convicting him of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Milosevic, not related to former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], was convicted for his role in the shelling of civilians in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The ICTY found that the Bosnian Serb Army under Milosevic used snipers, mortars, and modified air bombs throughout Sarajevo such that "one could be killed or injured anywhere and anytime," without regard to accuracy or civilian protection. The Trial Chamber wrote that Milosevic, "through his orders, planned and ordered gross and systematic violations of international humanitarian law."

Milosevic surrendered to the ICTY in 2004, and his trial began [JURIST reports] in January. He was initially indicted in 1998 with Stanislav Galic [ICTY case backgrounder], commander of the Sarajevo Romanija Corps before Milosevic. Galic was convicted [judgment] and sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in November 2006. AP has more.

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