Jokić, Miodrag

Jokić, Miodrag In 1991, Miodrag Jokić was Commander of the 9th Military Naval Sector (VPS) of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA). From 23 October to 6 December 1991, JNA forces under the command of Miodrag Jokić and Pavle Strugar conducted a military campaign against the Old Town of Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia and the surrounding areas of the Adriatic Sea.

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1979, was unlawfully shelled by the JNA forces. As a result, many more buildings suffered damage and two civilians were killed and three civilians were wounded.

Miodrag Jokić surrendered on 12 November 2001 and was transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and criminal responsibility for the acts of his subordinates with six counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (including unlawful attacks on civilian objects and destruction or wilful damage done to institutions dedicated to religion, charity, and education, the arts and sciences, historic monuments and works of art and science).

Miodrag Jokić pleaded not guilty to all counts. On 18 March 2004, the Trial Chamber convicted Jokić and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment. The Appeals Chamber later affirmed the sentence.

 

On 1 September 2008, the President of the ICTY granted a request for Jokić's early release after he had served two thirds of his sentence in a Danish prison.

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