Thursday, February 24, 2011

27-year sentence for Serb responsibility for war crimes

The former Serbian police chief Vlastimir Djorjevic was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Former Yugoslavia for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against Albanians in Kosovo in 1999. "He was sentenced to a single sentence of 27 years," said the presiding judge Kevin Parker, who also said that Djodjevic is responsible for the death of "724 Albanians in Kosovo" and the expulsion of 200,000 Albanians.

"The court is convinced that the defendant's conduct (...) has contributed significantly to the campaign of terror and extreme violence by Serbian forces against Kosovo Albanians, whose goal was to change the demographic composition of Kosovo" , added the judge. Former Deputy Interior Minister and head of Serbian public security (1997 - 2001), Vlastimir Djordjevic has been convicted of murder, expulsion and persecution on political, racial and religious committed in 1999 in Kosovo.

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