Friday, 27 February 2009

Two New Judgments of Note

In Prosecutor v. Milutinovic et al., five leading Serb officials in the Milosevic regime were convicted of crimes against humanity in relation to the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo in 1999 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia yesterday. For the press release, judgment summary and the judgment itself, which runs to more than 2,000 pages: Milutinovic himself, who was the president of Serbia at the time, was acquitted altogether. Congratulations to the defence counsel, Eugene O’Sullivan, who has been assisted throughout this case, may I add, by two brilliant graduates of the LLM programme at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
Also, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has issued its judgment in the three-defendant case involving the Revolutionary United Front. I couldn’t find the judgment on the website of the Court., but someone has sent me the official summary: There is an intriguing reference to a dissent by Judge Pierre Boutet, but nothing in the summary to indicate what that might consist of.
Thanks to Colin Smith.

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