UN war crimes court unveils last verdict in Bosnian Croat appeal

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THE HAGUE: Six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders will on Wednesday learn their fate as United Nations judges hand down their final verdict for war crimes committed during the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia. The appeals judgement in the case of Jadranko Prlic and five others will draw the curtain on two decades of work by the International Criminal Court of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), set up in 1993 at the height of the Balkans wars to prosecute Europe’s worst atrocities since World War II. It comes a week after the judges imposed a life sentence on former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, whose ruthlessness in the conflict earned him the title the “Butcher of Bosnia.” Prlic, the former “prime minister” of a breakaway statelet, and his five co-defendants were found guilty in 2013 on 26 charges of taking part in a scheme to remove Bosnian Muslims “permanently and create a Croatian territory”, which included the southern city of Mostar besieged for nine months.

AFP

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