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4 December 2009
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Stevanovic: Acquitted of Genocide Charges

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The Appellate Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina acquits Miladin Stevanovic of charges that he committed genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995.
The Appellate Chamber confirmed the first-instance verdict by which Stevanovic was acquitted of charges that he participated, as a member of the Second Special Police Squad from Sekovici, in guarding the road leading from Bratunac to Konjevic polje and capturing men from Srebrenica on July 12 and 13, 1995.  

Stevanovic was acquitted of the charges that he participated in the shooting of about 1,000 Srebrenica residents in Kravica Agricultural Cooperative, in Bratunac Municipality, on July 13, 1995.

The Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina appealed the first-instance verdict due to wrongly and incompletely determined facts, violation of the Criminal Proceedings Code and application of provisions pertaining to acquittal of charges. It asked the Court to revise the verdict.

In its appeal the Prosecution called on the Court to find Stevanovic guilty of crimes against humanity or revoke the first-instance verdict and order a retrial before the Appellate Chamber.  

The Appellate Chamber rejected the appeal.  

In October 2009 the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina rendered a second-instance verdict, sentencing six former members of the Second Squad from Sekovici to a total of 181 years in prison for "helping to commit genocide" and participating in the murder of more than 1,000 men in Kravica. The verdict against Milos Stupar, who was sentenced, by a first-instance verdict, to 40 years in prison, as former Commander of the Second Squad, was revoked and a retrial was ordered.
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