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ICTY transfers Bosnian Croat leader to serve war crimes sentence in Italy

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Friday that it has transferred [press release] a former Bosnian Croat leader who was convicted of war crimes related to the torture and persecutions of Muslims during the Bosnian War [JURIST news archive] to an Italian prison to serve out his sentence. In 2003, the ICTY convicted Mladen Naletilic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; TrialWatch profile] of torture, wanton destruction and plunder, among other charges, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

ICTY suspects are held at a detention unit [ICTY backgrounder] in The Hague during trial, and are then after conviction are moved to one of 15 countries that have agreed to take custody of ICTY defendants. The UN News Centre has more.

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