The Appellate Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, confirms a verdict under which Goran and Zoran Damjanovic were sentenced to a total of 12-and-a-half years in prison for having committed war crimes against the civilian population in the Sarajevo area.
Applying a decision by the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina reduces sentences against both Zoran and Goran Damjanovic by four and a half years. Goran Damjanovic is sentenced to six and a half years for war crimes against the civilian population, while his brother Zoran is sentenced to six years.
At the renewed trial against Goran and Zoran Damjanovic, who are charged with war crimes, the Defence teams call for verdicts of release or minimal sentences according to the former Yugoslav law in the event that they are found guilty. The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina calls for an imprisonment sentence.
The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina neither decided on whether war crimes trials should be renewed completely due to the wrong application of the law nor if convicts sentenced to long-term imprisonment should be released to liberty, says the Court President Valerija Galic.
The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina files custody order motions for ten former war-crimes and genocide convicts, who were released by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and allowed to defend themselves while at liberty. They were sentenced to between 14 and 33 years in prison.