Sainović, Nikola

From 1994 until 2000, Nikola Šainović was Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).  Šainović surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2002.

Šainović 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 Milutinović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Nebojša 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 3 May 2003, Šainović 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 Nikola Šainović guilty of deportation, other inhumane acts (forcible transfer), murder, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds and sentenced him to 22 years’ imprisonment.

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

On 21 August 2009 the prosecution filed its appeal brief whereas the defence filed its appeal brief on 23 September 2009.

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