Ojdanić, Dragoljub

Dragoljub OjdanicFrom November 1998, Dragoljub Ojdanić was Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army. From 15 February 2000 until 3 November 2000 he was Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). Ojdanić surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2002.

Ojdanić 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 Milan MilutinovićNikola ŠainovićNebojša Pavković, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić (Milutinović et al.). 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 26 April 2002, Ojdanić pleaded not guilty to all counts during his initial appearance before the ICTY. The trial started on 10 July 2006. The Defence closed its case on 16 May 2008.

The presentation of the closing arguments took place between the 19 and 27 August 2008. 

On 26 February 2009, the Trial Chamber found Dragoljub Ojdanić guilty of deportation and other inhumane acts (forcible transfer) and sentenced him to 15 years’ imprisonment.

On 27 May 2009 both the prosecution and the defence filed their notices of appeal.

On 21 August 2009 the prosecution filed its appeal brief, while the defence appeal brief was filed on 23 September 2009.

On 11 December 2009 Dragoljub Ojdanic’s defence filed its amended appeal brief.

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