Vladimir Kovačević

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For the SFR Yugoslavia footballer, see Vladimir Kovačević (footballer). For the chess grandmaster, see Vlatko Kovačević.

Vladimir Kovačević (born 15 January 1961, Nikšić) is a Montenegrin Serb military officer who was charged with violation of the laws of war by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for his actions in the siege of Dubrovnik during the Croatian War of Independence.

Kovačević faced six counts of violations of the laws of war all related to the bombing of the UNESCO Heritage Site of Dubrovnik by the Third Battalion of the JNA 472 (Trebinje) Motorised Brigade, of which he was in command.[1]

His case was originally to be processed along with Pavle Strugar, a higher-ranking commander of the operation,[2] but the trial was split up on 26 November 2003.[1]

On 31 January 2005, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Strugar to eight years in prison for his role in the 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik.[3][4] In 2004 Kovačević was ruled unfit for trial due to mental health problems.[citation needed]

On 30 July 2007, the Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor announced the indictment of former Yugoslavia Army Captain Vladimir Kovačević for war crimes associated with the 1991 Siege of Dubrovnik.[5][6][7]

The prosecutor was quoted by Associated Press saying that Kovačević was being treated at the Belgrade military hospital and that experts would assess his capacity to attend trial in the future, adding it was not immediately clear if or when proceedings against Kovacevic could start.[citation needed]

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