Comparative Criminal Justice
April 17, 2013
Slobodan Milosevic Case
Slobodan Milosevic was the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and then President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. He was charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, or the ICTY, on the basis of both individual and superior criminal responsibility with genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. These crimes were allegedly committed in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia during the war in former Yugoslavia.
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This included the Croatia Indictment, which was issued on October 8, 2001 and charged Milosevic with the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes during the period 1991 to 1992. He was accused of participating in the forcible removal of the majority of the Croatian and other non-Serbian population from the territory of the Republic of Croatia that he planned to make into a part of a new Serbian dominated state. Next was the Bosnia Indictment, which was issued a few weeks later on November 22, 2001. This alleged that Milosevic had direct and command responsibility for crimes committed in Bosnia-Herzogovina during the Bosnian war. In particular, the Bosnia indictment charged him with participation in a joint criminal enterprise to forcibly remove the majority of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croatians, from large areas of Bosnia and Herzogovina. Importantly, it is the only one of the three indictments that charges Milosevic with the crime of genocide.
During the Milosevic trial, it seemed that, although there was clear evidence against him, he had a lot of people that supported his plea for...