Warcrimes court cuts Serb’s massacre sentence
THE HAGUE: The international war crimes court on Wednesday cut seven years from the jail sentence of a Serbian ex-army officer related to the 1991 killing of about 200 people in Vukovar, Croatia.
The International Criminal Court overturned Veselin Sljivancanin's conviction for the murder of people who had taken refuge in a hospital during Croatia's independence war, but imposed a higher sentence for a torture conviction.
Sljivancanin, 57, was convicted of torture in September 2007 and sentenced to five years in jail.
In May 2009 this was increased to 17 years in jail on appeal when he was also convicted of murder.
Judge Theodor Meron quashed the second conviction after new evidence was presented to the court, in a first for The Hague-based court established in 1993. "The Appeals Chamber vacates the additional conviction for murder," Meron said. -Afp