Lukić, Sreten

From May 1998, Sreten Lukić was the Head of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) Staff for Kosovo and Metohija. In June 1999, he was named Assistant Chief of the Public Security Service (RJB) and the Chief of Border Administration of the Border Police in the MUP. On 31 January 2001, Lukić was named Assistant Minister and Chief of the RJB. Lukić surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2005.

Lukić 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, Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Nebojša Pavković and Vladimir Lazarević (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 4 May 2005, Lukić pleaded not guilty to all counts 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 Sreten Lukićto 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 23 September 2009 the defence filed its appeal brief and later re-filed it on 7 October 2009.

On 10 February 2011 Appeals Chamber dismissed a motion by the defence for leave to vary Sreten Lukic’s grounds of appeal.

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