UN war crimes tribunal and Slovakia sign agreement to enforce prison sentences

7 April 2008 – Slovakia today became the fifteenth European country to agree to enforce sentences imposed by the United Nations tribunal that was set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Anyone convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and given a jail term can now serve that sentence in a Slovakian prison after an agreement was signed in The Hague, the Dutch city where the tribunal is based.

Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ukraine, Portugal and Estonia have already entered into similar agreements with the ICTY.

More than 37 people convicted by the tribunal have either served, or are currently serving, their sentence in one of the countries which have signed an agreement. Five others are awaiting transfer to one of the States.

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