Blaškić, Tihomir

In June 1992, Tihomir Blaškić was appointed Commander of the Regional Headquarters of the Armed Forces in central Bosnia. In August 1994, he was named Commander of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) with the rank of General. According to the Second Amended Indictment, HVO troops committed grave violations of international humanitarian law through their actions against Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina between May 1992 and January 1994. The prosecution charged Blaškić on the basis of his individual and superior criminal responsibility. He was charged with crimes against humanity, serious breaches of the Geneva Conventions and violations of the laws or customs of war.

On 3 March 2000, Trial Chamber I of the ICTY found Blaškić guilty of all charges and sentenced him to 45 years in prison. Blaškić appealed the decision. On 29 July 2004, the Appeals Chamber reversed the majority of the Trial Chamber’s convictions and sentenced him to nine years’ imprisonment. Blaškić immediately filed a request for early release, which was granted later the same day based on time already served in custody.

On 29 July 2005 the Prosecution requested a review of the Appeals Chamber judgment. The Appeals Chamber found that the new facts submitted by the Prosecution were not decisive in reaching their judgment and dismissed the Prosecution’s request on 23 November 2006.

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