Vasiljević, Mitar

Mitar VasiljevicMitar Vasiljević was a member of the “White Eagles”, a Bosnian Serb paramilitary unit which operated together with the police and various military units stationed in Višegrad (eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina) from mid-April 1992. Vasiljević was initially indicted on 6 October 1998 with Milan Lukić and Sredoje Lukić. On 28 January 2000, during his initial appearance, Vasiljević pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

On 24 July 2001, with the two co-accused still at large, the Trial Chamber ordered that Mitar Vasiljević be tried separately. Vasiljević was charged with murder, extermination, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, inhumane acts (crimes against humanity) and with murder, violence to life and person (violations of the laws or customs of war). The Trial Chamber sentenced Vasiljević to 20 years’ imprisonment. Vasiljević appealed both his conviction and sentence.

On 25 February 2004, the Appeals Chamber altered the sentence to 15 years’ imprisonment. On 6 July 2004, Vasiljević was transferred to Austria to serve his sentence.

On 12 March 2010, Vasiljević was granted early release.

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