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Media accreditation now open for the Appeals Judgement in the case of Zdravko Tolimir

| The Hague |

The Appeals Chamber Judgement in the case of Zdravko Tolimir is scheduled to be rendered on Wednesday, 8 April at 3 pm in courtroom I.

Zdravko Tolimir, former Assistant Commander and Chief for Intelligence and Security of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS),  was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 1995 after the fall of the enclaves of Srebrenica and Žepa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Journalists wishing to cover the hearing should send an email to press [at] icty.org by Tuesday, 7 April, 5:00 pm. The email should contain the name of the media outlet as well as full name, passport number and contact details of all journalists and AV technicians coming to the Tribunal.

Members of the public wishing to attend the hearing are requested to send an email to kralt.icty [at] un.org for more information on the procedure to be followed and the available space.

Case Background

In December 2012, the Trial Chamber by majority found Tolimir guilty by the of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, murder as a violation of the laws or customs of war, as well as extermination, persecutions and inhumane acts through forcible transfer. The Chamber, Judge Nyambe dissenting, also found that these crimes were commissioned through Tolimir’s participation in two joint criminal enterprises (JCE).

The aim of the first was to murder the able-bodied Bosnian Muslim men from the enclave of Srebrenica, between approximately 11 July and 1 November 1995. The goal of the second JCE was to forcibly remove and deport the Bosnian Muslim population from the enclaves of Srebrenica and Žepa from March to August 1995. The The Accused was also found guilty, Judge Nyambe dissenting, of the foreseeable crimes resulting from both JCEs: the opportunistic killings of smaller groups of men from Srebrenica, the targeted killings of three Bosnian Muslim leaders of Žepa, and other persecutory acts.

The initial indictment against Zdravko Tolimir was confirmed on 10 February 2005 and made public on 25 February 2005. The Accused was arrested on 31 May 2007 and transferred into the Tribunal’s custody on 1 June 2007. His trial started on 26 February 2010 and the Trial Chamber judgement was handed down on 12 December 2012. Tolimir appealed the trial judgement and the appeal hearing was held on 12 November 2014.

Zdravko Tolimir’s trial is one of 12 proceedings at the Tribunal dealing with a range of crimes committed by the Bosnian Serb forces against Bosnian Muslims during and after the fall of the former UN protected zones of Srebrenica and Žepa in July 1995. Nine of these cases have been completed.

The Judgement will be broadcast live on the Tribunal’s website

For further information please call the Media Office at +31 (70) 512-8752,
or -5343, or -5356.