Gvero, Milan

Milan Gvero Milan Gvero was officially Assistant Commander for Morale, Legal and Religious Affairs of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Main Staff during 1995 and reported directly to General Ratko Mladić. The indictment against Milan Gvero charges him – on the basis of individual criminal responsibility – with murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation.

As Assistant Commander, Milan Gvero allegedly had knowledge of the planned attack on the UN “safe enclave” of Srebrenica in July 1995. From July to November 1995, the indictment asserts that Gvero took part in a Joint Criminal Enterprise to forcibly evict the women and children from Srebrenica, and to capture, detain, summarily execute, bury, and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys from the Srebrenica enclave from 12 July 1995.

Milan Gvero surrendered on 24 February 2005 and was transferred to the ICTY on the same day. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. Gvero has been indicted with six other accused: Vujadin Popović, Vinko Pandurević, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić, Ljubomir Borovčanin and Ljubiša Beara (“Popović et al.”).

The trial commenced on 14 July 2006. 

The Prosecution case closed on 7 February 2008.The Defence case commenced on 2 June 2008 and closed on 12 March 2009.

The parties presented their closing arguments between 2 and 15 September 2009.

On 10 June 2010 Milan Gvero was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment but was granted early release on 28 June 2010.

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