Two Bosnian Serbs Get 22 Years for War Crimes

Prosecutors had wanted life sentences

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 27, 2013 1:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture, and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-'95 Bosnian war, and sentenced them each to 22 years in prison. Mico Stanisic was the interior minister in the breakaway Bosnian Serb republic, while Stojan Zupljanin was a senior security official in charge of police. Prosecutors at the Hague had sought life sentences for both men.

Zupljanin stood and crossed himself as the verdict was read, while Stanisic stood stoically. Both were convicted of persecution and murder. Zupljanin was additionaly convicted on a third charge, extermination, in part because he set up a notorious police unit that the court ruled had raped, tortured, and murdered Muslims and Croats—and deliberately shielded police prosecution in at least two massacres of Muslims.

Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin enter the courtroom prior to their judgment at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, March 27, 2013.
Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin enter the courtroom prior to their judgment at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, March 27, 2013.   (Michael Kooren)
Former Bosnian Serb senior security official Stojan Zupljanin, right, welcomes his lawyer prior to his judgment in the courtroom of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, March 27, 2013.
Former Bosnian Serb senior security official Stojan Zupljanin, right, welcomes his lawyer prior to his judgment in the courtroom of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, March 27, 2013.   (Michael Kooren)
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