Beara, Ljubisa

Ljubiša BearaBorn in Sarajevo in 1939, Ljubiša Beara was a Colonel and Chief of Security of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) during the attack on the Srebrenica enclave by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. As Chief of Security, Beara allegedly committed, planned, instigated, ordered and otherwise aided and abetted the crimes carried out in the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995, which resulted in the death of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

According to the Indictment, on 12 of July 1995, Ljubiša Beara participated in the decapitation of 80 to 100 Muslims in Potočari, which constituted part of a wider Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE). The common purpose of this JCE was allegedly to forcibly evict the women and children from Srebrenica, and to capture, detain, summarily execute, bury, and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslim males from the Srebrenica enclave.

Ljubiša Beara surrendered on 9 October 2004 and was transferred to the ICTY the following day. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Beara has been indicted with six other accused: Vujadin Popović, Vinko Pandurević, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić, Ljubomir Borovčanin and Milan Gvero (“Popović et al.”).

The trial commenced on 14 July 2006.  

The Prosecution case closed on 7 February 2008. The Defence case commenced on 2 June 2008 and closed on 12 March 2009.

The parties presented their closing arguments between 2 and 15 September 2009.

On 10 June 2010 Ljubisa Beara was found guilty by the Trial Chamber, on the basis of individual criminal responsibility, of genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of laws or customs of war and was convicted to life imprisonment.

On 8 September 2010 both the prosecution and defence teams filed their notices of appeal.

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