Nikolić, Momir

Momir NikolicMomir Nikolić was Deputy Commander and Chief of Intelligence and Security of the Bratunac Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Forces (VRS) from November 1992 until the end of the war. Given his position, he played a major role in the perpetration of the crimes committed against the Muslims fleeing the Srebrenica enclave following the attack and take-over by the Serb forces in July 1995. Nikolić supervised the forced deportation of Muslim civilians from Potočari as well as the accompanying acts of terror, humiliation and cruelty. He participated in the execution of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men in various hamlets between Bratunac and Zvornik. Furthermore, Nikolić coordinated the operation of exhumation of the bodies of the Muslims and facilitated the disappearance of conclusive evidence.

 

The initial indictment against Momir Nikolić was issued on 26 March 2002. He was arrested on 1 April 2002 and transferred to the ICTY. The Trial Chamber accepted the plea bargain concluded between Nikolić and the Prosecution in advance of the trial. By virtue of this agreement, Nikolić agreed to plead guilty on the count of persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, charged as a crime against humanity, and to testify in other cases before the Tribunal, in particular those concerning Srebrenica. In exchange, the Prosecution withdrew the remaining charges. On 2 December 2003, the Trial Chamber sentenced Momir Nikolić to 27 years’ imprisonment. Nikolić filed a notice of appeal and, on 8 March 2006, the Appeals Chamber reduced the sentence to 20 years’ imprisonment.

 

On 11 April 2007 Momir Nikolic was transferred to Finland to serve the remainder of his sentence, credit was given for time spent in detention since 2 April 2002.

KaingPros. v. M. Nikolić, Plea Agreement, 7-5-2003Pros. v. M. Nikolić, Sentencing Judgment, 2-12-2003Pros. v. M. Nikolić: Judgment on Sentencing Appeal, 8-3-2006
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