Bala, Haradin

Haradin Bala / Photo courtesy of the ICTY

Haradin Bala, also know as “Shala”, was a guard at the Llapushnik prison camp, located in the municipality of Glogovac (central Kosovo). In this capacity, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found that he had mistreated three individual prisoners, and aided in the mistreatment of one of those prisoners. He also had a personal role in the maintenance and enforcement of the inhumane conditions of detention in the Llapushnik prison camp.

On 30 November 2005, Trial Chamber II of the ICTY found Haradin Bala guilty of torture, cruel treatment and murder and sentenced him to 13 years’ imprisonment. The Trial Chamber found that Bala had aided in the torture of one prisoner of the camp. Additionally, he was found guilty of the murder of nine prisoners from the camp in the Berishe Mountains in July 1998. Both the Prosecution and Haradin Bala filed notices of appeal.

On 27 September 2007, the Appeals Chamber upheld the Trial Chamber judgment. Haradin Bala’s conviction and sentence were affirmed.

Haradin Bala was indicted together with Fatmir Limaj and Isak Musliu (Limaj et al).

On 14 May 2008 Haradin Bala was transferred to serve his sentence in France. Credit was given to him for time spent in detention.

On 15 October 2010 the President of the International Tribunal rejected Haradin Bala’s request for remission of his sentence. While he was eligible under French law to benefit from reductions in his sentence, the Court, in considering the limited demonstration of rehabilitation and the high gravity of his crimes, declined to grant him a sentence remission.

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