Samardzic is the first prisoner to be sentenced by the War Crimes Chamber, which was created in 2005 to relieve the backlog of cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] and eventually assume responsibility for local war crimes prosecution. In February, the War Crimes Chamber ordered the release [JURIST report] of war criminal Dragomir Abazovic due to an insufficient warrant. Reuters has more.
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