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Court of Appeals overturns the war crimes acquittal for two defendants

26 June 2014

The Court of Appeals has overturned a judgment of acquittal from the Basic Court of Mitrovica on June 24 and found two defendants guilty of the criminal offence of War Crimes against Civilian Population pursuant to Article 142 CC SFRY. The defendants were sentenced to imprisonment terms of 12 years and 10 years respectively. The indictment for one of the defendants charged also with the criminal offence of Unauthorised Ownership, Control, Possession or Use of Weapons pursuant to Article 328 (2) CCK was rejected due to the application of the Law on Amnesty.

Having convicted the two defendants, the Court of Appeals pursuant to Article 367(2) CPC also ordered that they be placed in detention on remand until the Judgment is final. The parties have the possibility to appeal against the Judgment to the Supreme Court.