Perišić, Momčilo

Momcilo PerisicFrom August 1993 to November 1998, Momčilo Perišić was Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army (VJ). The indictment against Perišić, which was made public on the day of his surrender and transfer to the ICTY – 7 March 2005, states that as the most senior officer in the VJ he had de jure and de facto authority to implement decisions for the VJ General Staff and all subordinate units.

Momčilo Perišić is charged on basis of individual criminal responsibility for aiding and abetting the planning and execution of a military campaign of shelling and sniping of civilian areas of Sarajevo from August 1993 to November 1995. Perišić is also charged, in his capacity as a superior officer, for failing to take the necessary and reasonable measures to prevent the crimes or to punish his subordinates for committing the crimes.

Momčilo Perišić is additionally accused of failing to initiate an inquiry into what role his subordinates may have played in the shelling of Zagreb and its civilian population on 3 May 1995, which resulted in multiple deaths and the wounding of 194 civilians.

Momčilo Perišić was granted provisional release on 9 June 2005 pending the start of his trial.

On 27 August 2008, the Trial Chamber terminated the provisional release and ordered Perišić to return to the Detention Unit on 18 September 2008. The trial commenced on 2 October 2008.

The Prosecution rested its case on 25 January 2010. The Defence case commenced on 22 February 2010 and it was rested on 11 January 2011.

The Trial Chamber delivered its verdict on 6 September 2011, and found Perišić guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes by aiding and abetting the actions of breakaway Serb armies in Bosnia and Croatia. He was sentenced to a single sentence of 27 years imprisonment. He was acquitted of charges that he was directly responsible for crimes as a superior officer to leaders of the Bosnian Serb forces.

 

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