Simić, Blagoje

Between 1991 and 1995, Blagoje Simić was President of the Municipal Board of the Serbian Democratic Party and President of the Serb Crisis Staff (later renamed the War Presidency) in the municipality of Bosanski Šamac (north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina). During this period, Simić was the highest ranking civilian official in the municipality. He was originally indicted with Stevan Todorović, Miroslav Tadić, Simo Zarić, Milan Simić and Slobodan Miljković. 

On 17 October 2003, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Simić of crimes against humanity for persecutions, based upon unlawful arrest and detention of Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians, cruel and inhumane treatment including beatings, torture, forced labour assignments and confinement under inhumane conditions, and deportation and forcible transfer. He was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment. On 28 November 2006, the Appeals Chamber reduced Blagoje Simić’s sentence to 15 years’ imprisonment. Simić is currently serving his sentence in the United Kingdom.

On 15 February 2011, the President of the ICTY ordered the early release of Blagoje Simic to take place on 16 March 2011.

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