Bosnian Croats to appeal UN war crimes convictions
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