End of the 'Kosovo six' trial 29 Aug 2008
After more than two years of trial at the ICTY, the Prosecution has called for sentences up to life imprisonment for the former Serbian President and five former state officials.

The Milutinović et al. trial, so-called the ‘Kosovo six’, commenced on 10 July 2006. After more than two years of trial, the parties presented their closing arguments between the 19 and 27 August 2008. In light of the key positions held by the accused, the Prosecution required a sentence ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment. The Defence called for the acquittal of the six former Serbian officials.

Kosovo Albanians fleeing from their lands during the warAll the charges against the high-ranked Serbian officials are in relation to the crimes committed in the territory of Kosovo in 1999. The indictment alleges that the accused participated in a joint criminal enterprise that aimed, among other things, at the modification of the ethnic balance in Kosovo in order to ensure continued Serbian control over the province. The purpose was to be achieved by criminal means consisting of widespread or systematic campaign of terror and violence that included deportations, murders, forcible transfers and persecutions directed against the Kosovo Albanian population.

According to the indictment, approximately 800,000 Kosovo Albanian civilians were deported, with the destruction of their identification documents. 

Former President and five other high-ranked Serbian officials awaiting verdict

Milan MilutinovicMilan Milutinović stands among the few leaders indicted by an international tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Between December 1997 and December 2002, he held the positions of President of Serbia and of member of the Supreme Defence Council of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).

Alongside Milutinović in the dock are Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Šainović, Head of the Yugoslav Army’s (VJ) Chief of Staff Dragoljub Ojdanić, VJ Third Army Commander Nebojša Pavković, VJ Priština Corps Commander Vladimir Lazarević, and Serbian MUP Chief of Staff in Kosovo Sreten Lukić.

After the so-called rejoinder of the Defence, Presiding Judge Iain Bonomy and his colleagues announced that they will deliver their judgement ‘as soon as possible’.

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