Biljana Plavsic granted early release by ICTY 15 Sep 2009
Former Bosnian Serb politician Biljana Plavsic has been granted early release after serving two-thirds of her 11 year sentence.

Former Bosnian Serb politician Biljana Plavšić has been granted early release by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after having served two thirds of her 11 year sentence. In a Decision dated 14 September 2009, ICTY President Judge Patrick Robinson stated that Mrs Plavšić “appears to have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation” and ordered early release “notwithstanding the gravity of her crimes”.

Mrs Plavšić, one of the most senior political leaders to have been convicted by the ICTY, is currently serving her sentence in Sweden. According to the Decision, she will become eligible to be released on 27 October 2009.

Biljana Plavšić was a senior Serb political figure during the war in Bosnia and was a member of the collective Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and co-President of the Bosnian Serb leadership. Mrs Plavšić was held to have participated in the persecution of  Bosnian Muslims and other non-Serbs by supporting a campaign of ethnic separation which resulted in the death of thousands. In 2003 she pleaded guilty to a count of persecution on political, racial and religious grounds, a crime against humanity, and was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.

Under Article 28 of the Statute of the ICTY, a convicted person is eligible for release when he or she becomes eligible for pardon or commutation under the law of the state in which they serve their sentence and it is “in the interest of justice”. In ordering early release, the  President took into account Mrs Plavšić’s original guilty plea, remorse, good behaviour and the fact that she has now served two thirds of her sentence. Mrs Plavšić also assisted prosecutors by testifying in the case against Momčilo Krajišnik, although she refused to testify in other cases, including against Slobodan Milošević.

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Decision on Early Release of Biljana Plavšić
14 September 2009