Ex-Yugoslav army chief faces judgment before UN court

29th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Yugoslav army chief-of-staff Momcilo Perisic will face judgement before the UN's former Yugoslavia war crimes court next week for crimes against humanity and war crimes, the court said Monday.

"Judgement in the present case shall take place on Tuesday, 6 September at 11:00 am (0900 GMT)," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in a order made public.

Perisic, chief of the general staff between 1993 and 1998, is being prosecuted for his role in the siege of Bosnian capital Sarajevo between 1992-95, the shelling of Zagreb by Croatian Serbs in May 1995 and the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim boys and men at Srebrenica in July the same year.

Prosecutors on March 29 asked that 67-year-old Perisic, the most senior member of the Yugoslav army to be tried by the ICTY, be sent to prison for life.

He has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, extermination and attacks against civilians.

Part of his duties, according to the indictment, included providing personnel, weapons and logistical help to the Bosnian Serb army (VRS) and the SVK, the Army of Serbian Krajina in the self-proclaimed Serbian entity in Croatia.

One of the main collaborators of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who died in his Hague detention cell in 2006, Perisic surrendered and was transferred to the ICTY on March 7, 2005. His trial started in October 2008.

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