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Guilty verdict in war crimes trial

12 September 2013

A panel of three EULEX judges at the Basic Court in Mitrovica today found three persons guilty of a war crime. A fourth person was acquitted.

Sabit Geci, Rrustem Geci and Hetem Geci were found guilty of a war crime against the civilian population by the murder of Gani Berisha on 18 June 1999 in Skenderaj/Srbica medical centre. The Court found the defendants not guilty of the murder of Vehbi Berisha and the wounding of Isa and Musa Vojvoda in Skenderaj/Srbica on 18 June 1999. The Court took note of the serious nature of the crime and the violation of the sanctuary of the medical centre in sentencing each of the convicted defendants to 12 years imprisonment.

Bedri Shala was acquitted on the charge of assisting the perpetrators after the offence, because the Court found that this offence was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was prosecuted by a EULEX prosecutor from Kosovo's Special Prosecution Office (SPRK).