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Slovakia Signs Enforcement Of Sentences Agreement

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The Hague, 7 April 2008

Slovakia Signs Enforcement Of Sentences Agreement


Slovakia today entered into an agreement on enforcement of sentences with the ICTY, which allows for persons convicted before the Tribunal to serve their sentences in its prisons.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Štefan Harabin, the Slovak Minister of Justice and Mr. Hans Holthuis, the ICTY Registrar, during a ceremony held earlier this afternoon at the ICTY.

This is the second such agreement to be signed by the Tribunal this year, the first being that with Estonia last month. Slovakia is the fifteenth state to enter into an enforcement of sentences agreement.

Previous agreements were signed with the following UN Member States:

•    Italy - 6 February 1997
•    Finland - 7 May 1997
•    Norway - 24 April 1998
•    Sweden - 23 February 1999
•    Austria - 23 July 1999
•    France - 25 February 2000
•    Spain - 28 March 2000
•    Germany - signed two ad hoc agreements on 17 October 2000 with regards to Duško Tadić and on 14 November 2002 with regards to Dragoljub Kunarac
•    Denmark - 4 June 2002
•    United Kingdom - 11 March 2004
•    Belgium - 2 May 2007
•    Ukraine - 7 August 2007
•    Portugal – 19 December 2007
•    Estonia – 11 February 2008

More than 37 persons convicted by the Tribunal have either served or are serving their sentence in one of the states. Five convicts are awaiting transfer to one of the states to serve their sentence.

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