Thursday, February 26, 2009
The UN’s Yugoslav war crimes court Thursday acquitted Serbian ex-president Milan Milutinovic of war crimes committed in Kosovo, while jailing five co-accused for between 15 and 22 years.
“The trial chamber finds you, Milan Milutinovic, not guilty … and orders that you be immediately released from custody,” said judge Iain Bonomy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
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This was the first ever ruling of the court, based in The Hague, on crimes committed by Serbs during the 1998-9 Kosovo war.
Milutinovic, 66, had been accused of five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the deportation of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, as well as murder and persecution.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:31 am