ICTY transfers Bosnian Serb leader to serve prison sentence in Denmark

ICTY transfers Bosnian Serb leader to serve prison sentence in Denmark

[JURIST] A former Bosnian Serb leader who was convicted [JURIST report] in 2004 of war crimes committed during the Bosnian War [JURIST news archive] has been transferred [UN press release] to a Danish prison, a Danish Ministry of Justice spokesman said Wednesday. In 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced Radislav Brdjanin [ICTY case backgrounder] to 30 years in prison. In April 2007, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY slightly reduced Brdjanin's 32-year sentence [opinion, PDF; ICTY press release] but upheld [JURIST report] the majority of his convictions.

Denmark signed an enforcement of sentences agreement with the ICTY in 2004 whereby Denmark agreed to imprison ICTY-convicted criminals in the country; other countries that have similar agreements [JURIST report] include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the UK. AP has more. The UN Press Centre has additional coverage.