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Pavle Strugar on Provisional Release

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The Hague, 19 December 2005


On 16 December 2005, the Tribunal's Appeals Chamber ordered the provisional release of Pavle Strugar.

Pavle Strugar was released for a period of no longer than four months so that he could receive a total hip prosthesis in the Clinical Center in Podgorica, Montenegro and rehabilitation in the specialised rehabilitation center “Dr. Simo Milosevic” in Igalo, Montenegro.

Strugar's provisional release is subject to the specific terms and conditions set out in the decision.On 31 January 2005, the Trial Chamber sentenced Pavle Strugar to eight years' imprisonment upon finding him guilty for his involvement in the attack against the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia in 1991 which included attacks on civilians and destruction or willful damage done to
institutions dedicated to religion, charity and education, the arts and sciences, historic monuments and works or art and science (both counts are violations of the laws or customs of war under Article 3 of the Statute). Both parties appealed the judgement and the appeal is pending before the Appeals Chamber.Since its inception in 1993, the Tribunal has charged 161 persons for war
crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. To date, proceedings against 88 persons have concluded. Six indicted persons remain at large.


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