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The Hague, 10 September 2008
Milutinović Granted Provisional Release
Milan Milutinović has been granted temporary provisional release to return to Serbia to undergo a medical procedure from 10 September to 2 October 2008.
Milutinović’s temporary release is subject to a number of strict conditions, including 24-hour surveillance of the accused by Serbian authorities.
Milutinović was the President of Serbia from 1997 to 2002. He is on trial together with five co-accused, Nebojša Pavković, Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić, for an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999. All have been charged with deportation, forcible transfer, murder and persecutions of thousands of Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs.
The trial commenced on 10 July 2006. The Prosecution completed its case-in-chief on1 May 2007, following which the Trial Chamber dismissed all Defence motions for acquittal for each of the accused. The Defence case started on 6 August 2007 and finished on 16 May 2008. The closing arguments were held from 19 to 27 August 2008.
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