Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Bosnian Croat killer goes to jail

A former Bosnian Croat paramilitary who murdered and raped Bosnian Muslims during the 1990s war has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for war crimes.

The international tribunal in The Hague said it would have jailed Miroslav Bralo, 38, for longer but for his guilty plea and sincere remorse.
He had also helped in locating the bodies of his victims.

His unit called "The Jokers" had rampaged through Muslim villages in central Bosnia in 1993.

In one attack - on the villages of Ahmici and Nadioci - Mr Bralo's unit blew up a mosque and killed two families, including nine children.

Later he took a woman prisoner, repeatedly raping her in front of his colleagues during the two months he held her captive.

"The trial chamber accepts that his remorse is indeed sincere and heartfelt and that he has undergone a personal transformation since the commission of his crimes," the judge said
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Mr Bralo surrendered to the tribunal a year ago and pleaded not guilty to the original 1995 indictment, which included nine counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and 12 of violations of the laws and customs of war.

But he later agreed an unconditional plea bargain with UN prosecutors on a simplified indictment that added the charge of persecution, a crime against humanity.

BBC News: Published: 2005/12/07 10:51:17 GMT

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The trial chamber accepts that his remorse is indeed sincere and heartfelt and that he has undergone a personal transformation since the commission of his crimes".

Give me a break! A guy who repeatedly rapes a women over the course of two months is magically "transformed" into someone with a conscience just before sentencing by the court? And the court buys it? What are these judges smoking?

Anonymous said...

The reason that he got off so easy is because he also blew up a mosque, which is not a bad thing!!!!