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Yugoslav Army General appeals war crimes sentence

The former Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, Momčilo Perišić, is appealing against a 27-year prison sentence, after being found guilty of war crimes in September last year.

Perišić’s appeal is due to start on Wednesday, with the former General arguing that he was not aware of or responsible for any atrocities.

In his trial last year, Bakone Justice Moloto, the president judge ruled that,

“Momcilo Perisic was found criminally responsible for aiding and abetting murder, inhumane acts, attacks on civilians and persecution on political, racial or religious grounds in Sarajevo and Srebrenica.”

Over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in Srebrenica, and the town of Sarajevo was subjected to a 44-month seige between 1992 and 1995, leaving thousands dead.

See our earlier post: Yugoslav Army General convicted of war crimes (06 September 2011)