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4 June 2010

Conditional Releases

At the end of May Mitar Rasevic was conditionally released from the Penal and Correctional Facility in Foca where he was serving his sentence for crimes committed in Foca municipality, while Dusan Fustar, who was sentenced for crimes committed in Prijedor, will be released on June 15 this year.
During the course of the past week the Penal and Correctional Facilities in Foca and Banja luka notified the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the conditional release of Rasevic and Fustar.

In February 2009 Rasevic was sentenced, before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to seven years in prison for crimes against humanity committed in the Penal and Correctional Facility in Foca from 1992 to 1994. According to the verdict, at that time Rasevic was Commander of Guards in the Facility, which had "all attributes of a detention camp". He was sentenced for participation in the abuse of more than 700 detainees.

Rasevic was ordered into custody in August 2003 when he surrendered to the Hague Tribunal, since the Hague Prosecution had originally filed an indictment against him. In October 2006 the case was referred to Bosnia and Herzegovina for further processing as part of the Tribunal's exit strategy.

As announced by the Court, Dusan Fustar will be conditionally released on June 15, 2010, after having served two thirds of his sentence. The conditional release will apply until March 29, 2011, when the sentence handed down by the second instance verdict expires.

After confessing to crimes committed against Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats who were detained in Keraterm detention camp in Prijedor in 1992, the former detention camp guard leader was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Like Rasevic, Fustar was originally charged before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY. He was held in the ICT Detention Unit as of 2002. The time he spent in the Hague Tribunal's Detention Unit was calculated towards the sentence handed down by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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