War­crimes court cuts Serb’s mas­sacre sen­tence

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

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

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