19 May 2010 The United Nations tribunal that is trying the leader of the Serb Radical Party for crimes against humanity and war crimes today upheld his conviction for contempt of court and 15-month jail sentence for disclosing information on 11 protected witnesses.
The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reaffirmed last year’s conviction and sentencing of Vojislav ešelj for revealing the real names, occupations and places of residence of the witnesses in a book he authored, dismissing his eight grounds of appeal.
Mr. ešelj, who was born in 1954 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is currently being tried on 14 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war.
In another case, the appeals chamber upheld the conviction and 12-year jail sentence of Johan Tarculovski, a former police officer of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for having ordered, planned and instigated crimes against ethnic Albanians during a police operation in 2001. It upheld the acquittal of former FYROM Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski.
Mr. Tarculovski was found guilty two years ago of ordering, planning and instigating the murder of three ethnic Albanian civilians, wanton destruction of 12 houses or other property and cruel treatment of 13 ethnic Albanian civilians. The appeals chamber dismissed all of his seven grounds of appeal, based on both jurisdictional and factual issues.
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