News 05 Dec 12

Tolimir’s Hague Verdict Due Next Week

The Hague Tribunal verdict in the case of the former intelligence chief of the Bosnian Serb army, Zdravko Tolimir, will be delivered on December 12.

Marija Ristic
BIRN
Belgrade
Zdravko Tolimir I Photo by Beta

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, has announced that the verdict in the case of Zdravko Tolimir, a former high ranking official of the Republika Srpska Army is due to be delivered on December 12.

He is charged with war crimes committed in the eastern Bosnian towns of Srebrenica and Zepa.

Tolimir, now 64, was responsible for intelligence and security for the Army of Republika Srpska.  He was one of seven deputy commanders to Ratko Mladic, whose ICTY trial is on-going.

He was arrested on May 31, 2007 in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

The ICTY indictment was issued in February 2005.  Tolimir pleaded not guilty to the charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation during the Bosnian war.

The prosecution asked for life sentence for Tolimir, as "he lost his humanity and represents the Srebrenica genocide."

In July 1995, the town of Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. Following the occupation more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed.

Besides Tolimir, those accused by the ICTY of genocide in Srebrenica include Radislav Krstic, Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic, Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Drago Nikolic, Ljubomir Borovcanin, Milan Gvero, Radivoje Miletic and Vinko Pandurevic.   

 

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