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Court urges early release for Bosnian war criminal

TT/AFP/The Local · 15 Sep 2009, 12:11

Published: 15 Sep 2009 12:11 GMT+02:00

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"Mrs. Plavsic should be granted early release," from the Swedish prison where she is serving her sentence, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said in a decision dated Monday, citing her good behaviour and apparent rehabilitation.

Under Swedish law, 79-year-old Plavsic becomes eligible for release from October 27, after serving two-thirds of her term. The tribunal has the final say in the matter.

Plavsic was sentenced in February 2003 after she admitted playing a leading role in a campaign of persecution against Croats and Muslims during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

She is the highest ranking official of the former Yugoslavia to have acknowledged responsibility for atrocities committed in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

A member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency called last year for Plavsic not to be pardoned given the gravity of her crimes.

"Any act of mercy would be a big mistake and an insult to the victims and families of the victims," Zeljko Komsic, a Bosnian Croat, said in a letter to the Swedish government in September last year.

Tribunal president Patrick Robinson said Plavsic "appears to have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation", and had accepted responsibility for her crimes.

One of the judges consulted for the early release ruling had expressed concern that there was not "sufficient evidence of rehabilitation". But Robinson said Plavsic had expressed remorse and a behavioural report showed she had "exhibited good behaviour" in prison.

"She has participated in the institution's walks and she also occupies herself by cooking and baking," he said.

"Notwithstanding the gravity of her crimes", it had to be taken into account that others convicted of similar crimes were released after serving two-thirds of their sentences, said Robinson.

"This factor supports her eligibility for early release."

Plavsic surrendered to the tribunal in January 2001 after it had issued an indictment for her in April 2000 for genocide, extermination, murder, persecution, deportation and inhumane acts.

She struck a plea agreement with prosecutors in October 2002 and was transferred to Sweden in June 2003 to serve out her sentence.

"Mrs Plavsic admitted to supporting and contributing to achieving the objective of the permanent removal of ethnic populations by force," recalled the court decision.

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This had included "the knowledge that forcible permanent removal of non-Serbs from Serbian-claimed territories would include a discriminatory campaign of persecution."

Robinson ordered the tribunal's registry to inform the Swedish authorities of his decision.

The Swedish government is to decide this autumn as to if and when Plavsic will be released, although the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has the final say in the matter.

"We've asked for a brief about Plavsic from the tribunal and now we've received one. They have given their approval for her release. The court sees no reason for us to apply Swedish rules on conditional release," said Swedish justice ministry spokesperson Martin Valfridsson to the TT news agency.

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13:36 September 15, 2009 by Soft Boiled
I wonder what one would have to do to get a longer sentence?
08:12 September 16, 2009 by Random Guy
Biljana had complaints on torture from other prisoners and administration didn't do anything to stop it. Swedish prison guards are village people and possibly racists.

Beside it, I don't see that American officials are judged for dead civilians in Iraq. It means that court in Hague is just instrument in hands of powerfull, like USA. I don't say that Biljana didn't have indirect responsibility for war, but it is obviously that court protect western killing of civilians while they judge only Yugo and African war criminals. Court is financed mostly from USA and western countries and court don't dare to touch western war criminals.
20:55 September 17, 2009 by Tony Ryals
Perhaps Madeleine Albright whose father was Jewish diplomat for

Checoslavakia but who lived in Austria where he is suspect in theft of art and personal property of others as well as in Belgrade,so perhaps Albright who bombed Serbia back to the stone age in the 1990's had a personal vengeance agenda ?

1997 (July 10) Biljana Plavsic protests over shooting of Drljaca


During the trial of ex-Bosnian Serb official Biljana Plavsic,

Madeleine Albright and Elie Wiesel made speeches about the supposedly

monstrous Bosnian Serbs. They portrayed Bosnian Muslims as analogous

to Jews and Bosnian Serbs as analogous to Nazis... In addition, Mr.

Wiesel lied.......

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Madeleine Albright is an Idiot

One of her colossal blunders was the phenomenal miscalculation of

Slobodan Milosevic's response to the US-led bombing campaign in Serbia

and Bosnia....

Albright's father 'took war loot to America'

by Matthew Campbell, Washington

In a hitherto unpublicised dispute, descendants of Karl Nebrich, an

Austrian industrialist, claim that Albright's father, Josef Korbel, a

former Czech foreign ministry official who was Jewish, stole millions of dollars' worth of art and furniture from them, then fled with it

and his family to America at the end of the war..

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reference to genocidal sanctions against Iraq,"I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it.".........

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05:25 September 24, 2009 by Alexander.
Perhaps it is time that the TRUE war criminals are being persecuted.

Those rotten criminals that preach war against IRAN.

Those criminals that said that Irak had weapons of mass destruction.

The criminals that enforce multiculturalism so a etnic war will come to Europe.

When are they gonna do that?
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