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Milan Martić Transferred to Estonia to Serve Sentence for War Crimes

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International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Hague) - June 26, 2009 - Milan Martić, the former wartime political leader of Croatian Serbs, was transferred today to Estonia to serve his 35-year sentence for crimes committed against Croats and other non-Serbs in Croatia, from 1991 to 1994.

On 12 June 2007, the Trial Chamber sentenced Martić to 35 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war, including persecutions, murder, torture, deportation, attacks on civilians and wanton destruction of civilian areas.

The Trial Chamber found that Martić had participated in a joint criminal enterprise whose aim was to create a unified Serb territory through the forcible removal of the non-Serb population inhabiting areas under his control.

The Trial Chamber found that virtually the entire Croat and other non-Serb population were expelled from the area under Martić's control. His guilt was affirmed for the crimes committed in the villages of Hrvatska Dubica, Baćin, Saborsko, Lipovača, ┼kabrnja, Nadin, and Bru┼íka among others. He was also found guilty of ordering indiscriminate rocket attacks on the city of Zagreb on 2 and 3 May 1995 in which seven people died and more than 200 were wounded.

Both the prosecution and defense appealed the Judgment. On 8 October 2008, the Appeals Chamber affirmed Martić's guilt and 35-year sentence.

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