Borovčanin, Ljubomir

Ljubomir Borovcanin (left)Ljubomir Borovčanin was Deputy Commander of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) Special Police Brigade, and from 10 July 1995 Commander of a joint force of MUP units under Radislav Krstić. Units under the command of Borovčanin were deployed in and around the areas of Potočari, Sandici, Kravica and Zvornik in eastern Bosnia from 12 July to 18 July 1995.

The indictment against Ljubomir Borovčanin alleges that the accused was involved in opportunistic killings in Potočari and in Bratunac, wide-scale and organised killings in Potočari and the killing and mistreatment of prisoners in the Zvornik area. Borovčanin was allegedly a member of a Joint Criminal Enterprise, the common purpose of which was to forcibly transfer the women and children from the Srebrenica enclave to Kladanj in July 1995, and to capture, detain, summarily execute, bury, and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica.

Ljubomir Borovčanin surrendered on 1 April 2005 and was transferred to the ICTY on the same day. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Borovčanin has been indicted with six other accused: Vujadin Popović, Ljubiša Beara, Vinko Pandurević, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić 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 Ljubomir Borovcanin was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment.

On 7 October 2010 Trial Chamber II rejected Ljubomir Borovcanin’s request for a custodial visit, motivated by the declining health of Borovcanin’s father.

On 1 March 2011 Appeals Chamber dismissed Ljubomir Borovcanin’s appeal of the Trial Chamber decision on the custodial visit.

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