World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Bosnian Serb Gets Life Imprisonment At UN Tribunal


UN tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb to life imprisonment

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today convicted a Bosnian Serb doctor of extermination and persecution of Bosnian Muslims, but acquitted him of genocide, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Milomir Stakic had faced charges of genocide or complicity in genocide, murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war, and murder, extermination, persecutions, deportation, and other inhumane acts as a crime against humanity in conjunction with events that took place in Prijedor between 30 April and 30 September 1992.

The doctor was accused of helping to set up a series of prison camps where more than 1,500 Bosnian Muslims were killed, women were raped and sexually assaulted, and thousands were subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, including routine beatings and torture.

In handing down its decision, the trial chamber explained that it could not come to the conclusion that Dr. Stakic or other actors had the “necessary specific intent” to characterize his conduct as genocide or complicity in genocide. “The primary aim was to displace the non-Serb population in order to achieve the vision of a pure Serbian state,” presiding Judge Wolfgang Schomburg said, reading a summary of the judgment. “This intent to displace a population cannot be equated with an intent to destroy it as such.”

The court did find, however, that the crimes of persecution and extermination constituted the core element of the criminal conduct of Dr. Stakic as alleged in the indictment. “The trial chamber is convinced that there was a persecutorial campaign based on the intent to discriminate against all non-Serbs or those who did not share the plan to consolidate Serbian control and domination of the Municipality of Prijedor,” Judge Schomburg said. “Dr. Stakic was one of the main actors in this persecutorial campaign and the trial chamber is satisfied that he had the requisite intent to discriminate against non-Serbs and those affiliated or sympathizing with them, because of their political and religious affiliations.”

Dr. Stakic will be eligible for parole after 20 years.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news