Lazarević, Vladimir

From 1998, Vladimir Lazarević held a variety of positions within the Yugoslav Army (JV) including Chief of Staff of the Priština Corps, Chief of Staff of the Third Army, and Commander of the Third Army.  Lazarević surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2005.

Lazarević has been indicted for persecution, murder, deportation, and forcible transfer (crimes against humanity) and murder (violation of the laws or customs of war). He is being tried along with Milan Milutinović, Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Nebojša Pavković and Sreten Lukić (Milutinović et al.). According to the indictment, the accused participated in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) from October 1998 until June 1999. It is alleged that the forces of the FRY and Serbia perpetrated crimes which resulted in the forcible transfer and deportation of approximately 800,000 Kosovo Albanian civilians between January and June 1999.

On 7 February 2005, Lazarević pleaded not guilty to all counts during his initial appearance before the ICTY. The trial started on 10 July 2006.

The Defence case was completed on 16 May 2008. The parties presented their closing arguments between 19 and 27 August 2008.

On 26 February 2009, the Trial Chamber found Vladimir Lazarević guilty of deportation, other inhumane acts (forcible transfer) and sentenced him to 15 years’ imprisonment.

On 20 October 2009 the defence re-filed its appeal briefs.

On 17 May 2010 the Appeals Chamber dismissed Vladimir Lazarevic’s request for provisional release on compassionate grounds.

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