Mićo Jovičić sentenced to 5 years in prison for Strpci kidnappings

Following the review and acceptance of the Guilty Plea Agreement in the case v. Mićo Jovičić, the Trial Panel of the Section I for War Crimes of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina handed down on 16 November 2016 the Verdict under which the Accused Mićo Jovičić is found guilty of the criminal offense of War Crimes against Civilians in violation of Article 142(1) as read with Article 22 of the Criminal Code of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (CC of SFRY) and sentenced to five (5) years in prison.

The Accused Mićo Jovičić is found guilty because during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina between June 1992 and December 1995, in the territory of municipalities of Rudo and Višegrad, between the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) and Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as members of the Army of Republika Srpska namely, L.D. as a commander of the 2nd Podrinje Light Infantry Brigade – Višegrad (2.PLPB-Višegrad), B.I. as a commander of the Intervention company within the said Brigade, and O.P., N.P., D.Š., O.K., P.I., R.R., V.R. and Mićo Jovičić, as members of the Intervention company or members of the 1st Company, the 1st Battalion, the 2nd Podrinje Light Infantry Brigade Višegrad, acted in violation of the rules of international humanitarian law violating Article 3(1) a) of the Geneva Convention relative to Protection of Civilian Persons at time of War dated 12 August 1949.

Pursuant to Article 188(4) the Accused is relieved of the duty to reimburse the costs of the criminal proceedings.

The Court also rendered the Decision extending the prohibiting measures: travel ban with the seizure of travel documents and prohibition to use the identity card to cross the state border. The said measures shall be in place no later than the Accused is committed to serve the sentence and if he violates the measures he may be ordered into custody.

(Source: Court of B&H)

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