Milomir Stakić

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Milomir Stakić (born 19 January 1962[1] in Marićka, Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a Bosnian Serb who was charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, violations of the customs of war and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for his actions in the Prijedor region during the Bosnian War.

In the 1991 elections he became Vice-President of the Prijedor Municipal Assembly as a member of the Serbian Democratic Party. He soon established a parallel Serb shadow government in the region. This local government helped establish several concentration camps for local Bosniaks and Croats.

He faced eight charges in all, ranging from genocide and extermination, to deportation and persecution in the form of destroying local villages as well as mosques and Catholic churches.[2] He was eventually found guilty of five charges, and acquitted of three counts of genocide. The court ruled: "Despite the comprehensive pattern of atrocities against non-Serbs in Prijedor, the trial chamber has not found this to be a case of genocide, rather it is a case of persecution, deportation and extermination." He was sentenced to life imprisonment,[3][4] which was later reduced to forty years through the appeals process.[5]

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  1. ^ http://www.icty.org/x/cases/stakic/ind/en/sta-2ai011005e.pdf
  2. ^ "Milomir Stakić: Fourth Amended Indictment" Case No. IT-97-24-PT, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  3. ^ "Bosnian Serb gets life sentence" BBC News 31 July 2003
  4. ^ "Milomir Stakić: Trial Chamber Judgement" Case No. IT-97-24-T, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  5. ^ "Case Information Sheet: “Prijedor” (IT-97-24) Milomir Stakić" International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia