Serbia’s former president Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes against Kosovo Albanians in 1999.
Announcing the verdict at the Hague Tribunal, Judge Iain Bonomy said Slobodan Milosevic was in charge of the VJ or Yugoslav Army. “The chamber also finds that in practice it was Milosevic, sometimes termed the Supreme Commander, who exercised actual command authority over the VJ during the NATO campaign,” he said. Milutinovic and five other former high-ranking Serbian officials denied the charges against them. His co-accused however were convicted and jailed for between 15 and 22 years. It is the tribunal’s first ruling over alleged crimes by Serbian forces during the Kosovo conflict.