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Former Bosnia Serb leader transferred to UK to serve 20-year sentence

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] has been transferred to the UK to serve his 20-year prison sentence [press release], the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced Tuesday. Krajisnik was originally sentenced to 27 years in 2006, but his sentenced was reduced to 20 years [JURIST reports] in March after the charges of murder, extermination, and persecution were overturned on appeal. He will serve the 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity. Krajisnik will be the third ICTY prisoner to begin serving his sentence in the UK [BBC report] under the rules of the ICTY.

At Krajisnik's 2006 trial, the ICTY found him not guilty on a charge of genocide for which prosecutors had requested a life sentence [JURIST report], instead sentencing him to 27 years imprisonment. Krajisnik was initially indicted together with Biljana Plavsic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive], the former Bosnian Serb president who was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2003 after testifying against Krajisnik. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive], with whom Krajisnik worked closely, was arrested last year [JURIST report] and currently faces war crimes charges before the ICTY.

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