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The Hague, 28 November 2002
Radomir Kovac and Zoran Vukovic Transferred to Norway to serve Prison Sentences
Today, Thursday 28 November 2002, Radomir Kovac and Zoran Vukovic were transferred to Norway to serve their sentences as handed down by a Trial Chamber and affirmed by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Norway became the third United Nations Member State to enter into an Enforcement of Sentences Agreement with the Tribunal on 24 April 1998. The other countries are Italy (signed on 6 February 1997), Finland (7 May 1997), Sweden (23 February 1999), Austria (23 July 1999), France (25 February 2000) Spain (28 March 2000) and Denmark (19 June 2002).
The Kunarac, Kovac and Vukovic trial commenced on 20 March 2000. The closing arguments took place on 20 November 2000 for the Prosecution, and on 21 and 22 November 2000 for the Defence. On 22 February 2001, the Trial Chamber rendered its Judgement (see Press Release 566), and on 12 June 2002 these sentences were affirmed by the Appeals Chamber (see Press Release 679), Radomir Kovac and Zoran Vukovic were convicted as follows:
Radomir Kovac, on the basis of individual criminal responsibility with:
- Violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 - rape; outrages upon personal dignity), and
- Crimes against humanity (Article 5 - enslavement; rape).
Sentence: 20 years' imprisonment. (Credit for time served since 2 August 1999) Zoran Vukovic, on the basis of individual criminal responsibility with:
- Violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 - torture; rape), and
- Crimes against humanity (Article 5 - torture; rape).
Sentence: 12 years' imprisonment. (Credit for time served since 23 December 1999)
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
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