A UN appeals court has overturned the conviction of the most senior Croatian military officer charged with war crimes during the Balkan conflicts.
General Ante Gotovina the former commander of the Croatian army has been cleared of targeting civilian institutions during fighting against ethnic Serbs in 1995.
Gotovina who had been given a 24-year sentence will be released immediately along with Croatian police commander Mladen Marckac who had been sentenced to 18-years.
Defence lawyer, John Jones said:
“I think it’s a fantastic day for international criminal justice. A fantastic day for history. And the appeal chamber’s judgement shows the original conviction was completely wrong. A miscarriage of justice, unfair and so they have their innocence restored to them but of course they will never regain the five years they’ve spent in custody.”
At home Gotvina is hailed as a hero, and his supporters celebrated on hearing the news of his release.
But in neighbouring Serbia he is reviled and the country’s deputy Prime Minister, Rasim Ljajic, reacted with dismay, saying the UN war crimes tribunal had lost “all credibility” with this decision.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Pictures and videos of April 15 lunar “Blood Moon” eclipse
- 2Watch April 15 total lunar eclipse live online
- 3Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev says Ukraine on ‘brink of civil war’
- 4UN on human rights in Ukraine: ‘stop lies, propaganda and inciting hatred’
- 5[Live] Ukraine: NATO reinforces Eastern Europe Defences as Pro-Russian progress in Donetsk and Kramatorsk
- 1Watch April 15 total lunar eclipse live online
- 2Mind-bending vending machine dispenses marijuana
- 3Ukrainian troops begin ‘anti-terror operation’ in eastern city Kramatorsk
- 4Deadly bomb attack in Abuja is blamed on Boko Haram
- 5Divisions widen in Ukraine as Kyiv is urged to rein in pro-Russian separatists
Wires > News
- 14:37 CET Egyptian court jails 119 Mursi supporters
- 14:37 CET Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signalling compliance
- 14:35 CET Megaupload’s Dotcom, facing legal threat, launches political party
- 14:02 CET Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria -…
- 13:59 CET Yemen’s al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video
- 13:39 CET Russia mulls lawsuit against United States in WTO over sanctions
- 13:13 CET Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes – coastguard
- 12:34 CET Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site