Bos­nian Croats to ap­peal UN war crimes con­vic­tions

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THE HAGUE: UN war crimes judges yes­ter­day opened the ap­peal hear­ings for for­mer Bos­nian Croat leader Jad­ranko Pr­lic and five oth­ers in one of the court’s “largest and most com­pli­cated cases.”

Pr­lic was sen­tenced by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal for the for­mer Yu­goslavia (ICTY) in 2013 to over 20 years in jail on charges of mur­der­ing and de­port­ing Mus­lims dur­ing Bos­nia’s 1992-1995 war.

Five other Bos­nian Croat mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers were also handed heavy prison terms by the tri­bunal based in The Hague af­ter be­ing found guilty of war crimes and crimes against hu­man­ity.

All six are now ap­peal­ing against the con­vic­tions ren­dered for their roles in the con­flict which was part of the greater Balkans wars that broke out in the 1990s amid the dis­in­te­gra­tion of Yu­goslavia.

Judges at sen­tenc­ing said Pr­lic, now 57, “made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to a joint crim­i­nal en­ter­prise and to a crim­i­nal pur­pose to drive out the Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion,” from Bos­nia in a bid to cre­ate a “greater Croa­t­ian state.”

Pr­lic was sen­tenced to 25 years be­hind bars, while his five ac­com­plices were handed be­tween 20 and 10 years in prison. — AFP

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