Prosecutors want life term for ex-Yugoslav commander

29th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prosecutors at a UN tribunal demanded life in prison Tuesday for ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic, on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"It is our request that your honours convict General Perisic for all counts in the indictment and that you impose a sentence of life for the commission of those offences," prosecutor Mark Harmon told judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sitting in The Hague.

Perisic, 66, pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed when he was chief of the general staff of the Yugoslav Army from August 1993 to November 1998.

The most senior ex-Yugoslav army officer to be tried by the court, Perisic, was charged in connection notably with his role in the siege of Sarajevo from 1992-1995, the shelling of Zagreb by Serbs from Croatia in May 1995 and the massacre of around 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia in July 1995.

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