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Appeals Withdrawn in Pavle Strugar Case



Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)

The Hague, 18 September 2006


Both the prosecution and the defence in the case of Pavle Strugar, a former Yugoslav People's Army General charged with crimes in against the Croatian city of Dubrovnik in 1991, have withdrawn their appeals against the Trial Chamber's judgement.

The Prosecution based its withdrawal, filed on 15 September 2006, on "the exceptional humanitarian circumstances pertaining to Pavle Strugar, in particular his advanced age, poor state of health and general condition". The move immediately followed the withdrawal of the defence's appeal against the sentence.

On 31 January 2005, Strugar was found guilty and sentenced to eight years by a Trial Chamber for attacks on civilians; 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, all in relation to JNA's attack on Dubrovnik in 1991. According to the judgment, Strugar had
both legal and effective control of the JNA forces who conducted the military action at Dubrovnik, including the shelling of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

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