13 December, 2012

Zdravko Tolimir - convicted by the ICTY

The International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has, by a majority (2:1), found Zdravko Tolimir (former Assistant Commander and Chief for Intelligence and Security of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army - VRS), guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 1995 after the fall of the enclaves of Srebrenica and ┼Żepa, Bosnia and Herzegovina - see the court's press release.  He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Full judgment of the court

Summary of the judgment

The initial indictment against Zdravko Tolimir was confirmed on 10 February 2005 and made public on 25 February 2005. The Accused was arrested on 31 May 2007 and transferred into the Tribunal’s custody on 1 June 2007. His trial started on 26 February 2010.

This was a lengthy trial.  The Chamber sat for a total of 242 trial days, producing over 19,000 transcript pages. It admitted nearly 3,500 exhibits into evidence. The Prosecution adduced the evidence of 183 witnesses; the Defence presented four witnesses.

The verdicts were: