Erdemović, Dražen

Drazen ErdemovicIn July 1995, Dražen Erdemović participated in the shooting and killing of hundreds of unarmed Bosnian Muslim men from Srebrenica at the Pilica collective farm. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia charged Erdemović with murder as a crime against humanity and murder as violations of the laws or customs of war.

At his initial appearance hearing on 31 May 1996, Dražen Erdemović pleaded guilty to the count of murder as a crime against humanity, adding that he would have been killed if he had refused to participate in the murders. The Trial Chamber accepted the guilty plea and dismissed the count of murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war.

On 29 November 1996, Trial Chamber I sentenced Dražen Erdemović to 10 years’ imprisonment. The Appeals Chamber determined that Dražen Erdemović’s plea at his initial appearance had not been informed and remitted the case to the Trial Chamber so he could re-plead. On 14 January 1998, Dražen Erdemović changed his plea to guilty with respect to the count of murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war. The Prosecutor withdrew the alternative count of murder as a crime against humanity.

On 5 March 1998 Drazen Erdenovic was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

On 26 August 1998 Drazen Erdenovic was transferred to Norway to serve the remainder of his sentence. On the basis of the credit given for the time served in detention since 28 March 1996, he was granted early release on 13 August 1999.

Pros. v. D. Erdemović: Sentencing Judgement, 29-11-1996
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