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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Former Serb leader transferred to Estonia to serve ICTY sentence
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On June 26, 2009, former Croatian Serb wartime leader Milan Martic was transferred to Estonia to serve a 35-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war in Croatia. Martic was the leader of the self-proclaimed "Republic of Sebian Krajina" — a unified Serbian territory which Martic created through the forceful removal of virtually all non-Serbs in the areas of Croatia under his control. His trial began in December 2005 and he was convicted and sentenced in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes committed between 1991 and 1994 that included persecution, murder, torture, deportation, attacks on civilians and wanton destruction of civilian areas. Martic was ultimately found not guilty of extermination.

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