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The Hague, 5 May 2006
Blagoje Simić Granted Temporary Provisional Release
The Appeals Chamber granted Blagoje Simić’s motion for temporary provisional release to attend memorial services for his mother in Šamac, a border town in the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blagoje Simić will be provisionally released from 10 to 25 May 2006.
The Appeals Chamber granted the request under specific terms and conditions set out in its decision. Blagoje Simić was previously granted temporary provisional release in November 2004 to attend the memorial services for his late father.
On 25 October 2003, Blagoje Simić was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment for crimes against Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians in Bosanski Šamac. At the time, Simić was the highest ranking civilian official in the Bosanski Šamac municipality. Both the prosecution and defence appealed the judgement. The Appeals Chamber's decision is pending.
The full text of the Decision is available on the Tribunal's website http://www.un.org/icty/
Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal's website at www.un.org/icty.