Milutinović, Milan

From 1997 until 2002, Milan Milutinović was the President of Serbia and a member of the Supreme Defence Council of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Having succeeded his political ally, Slobodan Milošević, in early 1998, Milutinović surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2003.

Milutinović has been indicted for persecution, murder, deportation, and forcible transfer (crimes against humanity) and murder (violation of the laws or customs of war). He is being tried along with Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Nebojša Pavković, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić. According to the indictment, the accused participated in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) from October 1998 until June 1999. It is alleged that the forces of the FRY and Serbia perpetrated crimes which resulted in the forcible transfer and deportation of approximately 800,000 Kosovo Albanian civilians between January and June 1999.

On 20 January 2003 Milutinović pleaded not guilty to all counts during his initial appearance before the ICTY. The trial began on July 10, 2006. Provisional release was granted until the trial resumed.

On 26 February 2009 Milan Milutinović was acquitted of all the charges, while his co-accused were each convicted of various counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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