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Simo Zaric Granted Early Release

Press Release  PRESIDENT

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The Hague, 22 January 2004
CVO/ P.I.S. / 817e
Simo Zaric Granted Early Release


On 21 January 2004, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Theodor Meron, granted Simo Zaric’s Request for early release, effective 28 January 2004.Simo Zaric was found guilty by virtue of his individual criminal responsibility on one count of crimes against humanity (persecutions) and sentenced to six years' imprisonment (Please refer to Press Release 792e dated 17 October 2003).

In reaching his decision, the President considered a number of different factors. These included the fact that "Zaric’s application is receivable because he has served over two-thirds of his sentence (…)", which is the time convicted persons become eligibly for early release in most of the States that have signed an agreement with the ICTY on the enforcement of sentences.

In addition, the President took into consideration "the gravity of the offence committed by Simo Zaric, as detailed in the Judgement", as well as "Simo Zaric’s resolve to be reintegrated into society, his good behaviour in detention, his attachment to his family and his prominence in his community".

The President also considered a number of submissions, including reports by the Commanding Officer of the Detention Unit and the Office of the Prosecutor, and consulted with the members of the Bureau.

Thirteen convicted persons have been transferred to serve sentence: Anto Furundzija (Finland), Dusko Tadic (Germany), Stevan Todorovic (Spain), Drago Josipovic (Spain), Vladimir Santic (Spain), Dusko Sikirica (Austria), Radomir Kovac (Norway), Zoran Vukovic (Norway), Dragoljub Kunarac (Germany), Goran Jelisic (Italy), Biljana Plavsic (Sweden), Hazim Delic (Finland) and Esad Landzo (Finland).

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