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Mitar Rasevic and Savo Todovic Transferred to Bosnia And Herzegovina

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The Hague, 3 October 2006

Mitar Rasevic and Savo Todovic Transferred to Bosnia And Herzegovina

Mitar Rašević and Savo Todović were transferred today from the custody of the Tribunal to Sarajevo to be tried before the war crimes section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Rašević and Todović are charged with persecutions, murder, torture, imprisonment, and enslavement committed against Bosnian Muslims and other non-Serbs imprisoned in the "KP Dom" detention facility in the south eastern Bosnian town of Foèa between April 1992 and October 1994. According to the indictment, Rašević was the commander of the "KP Dom" guards and Todović was part of facility's senior management, being Deputy Commander there from April 1992 to August 1993.

The Tribunal's Referral Bench ruled on 8 July 2005 that the case be referred to Bosnia and Herzegovina under the terms of Rule 11bis of the Tribunal's Rules of Procedure and Evidence. The Defence for Todović appealed the decision. The Appeals Chamber remitted the case to the Referral Bench on 23 February 2006. On 31 May 2006, the Referral Bench Decision re-ordered referral to BiH, and Todović's Defence appealed again. On 4 September 2006 the Appeals Chamber dismissed all of Todović's grounds of appeal and granted today's transfer.

A partnership with the judiciaries in the former Yugoslavia is a key component of the Tribunal's activities and completion strategy. While the most senior leaders are tried before the ICTY, intermediate and lower rank accused may be referred to competent national jurisdictions. The ICTY has to date referred five cases involving nine accused to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one case involving two accused to Croatia.

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