Plavšić, Biljana

Biljana PlasvsicBiljana Plavšić was a leading member of the Serbian Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereafter SDS) from early in its establishment. She became among other functions, a member of the collective Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the three-member Presidency of the Serbian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Supreme Command of the armed forces of the Serbian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The initial indictment against Biljana Plavšić was confirmed on 7 April 2000. On 7 March 2002, she was indicted together with Momčilo Krajišnik and was charged with genocide, complicity to genocide, crimes against humanity (extermination, murder, persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts) and violations of the laws or customs of war (murder). Following a plea agreement on 30 September 2002, Biljana Plavšić pleaded guilty to persecutions as a crime against humanity. On 27 February 2003, the Trial Chamber rendered its judgment and sentenced Biljana Plavšić to 11 years’ imprisonment. On 27 September, she has been granted early release by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after having served two thirds of her 11 year sentence. Her early release became effective on 27 October 2009.

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