Man convicted by UN tribunal for Balkan war crimes to serve rest of term in Spain
A former member of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has been transferred to Spain to serve the remainder of his 18-year sentence, the court announced today.
The ICTY originally sentenced Vladimir Santic to 25 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds as well as inhumane acts, but his sentence was reduced on appeal.
The indictment against Mr. Santic stemmed from actions during the Balkans conflict in 1992 and 1993, when the HVO systematically attacked villages chiefly inhabited by Bosnian Muslims in central Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Vladimir Santic is the third person convicted by the ICTY to be sent to Spain after Stevan Todorovic and Drago Josipovic.
In addition to Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria and France have agreements with the Tribunal concerning the enforcement of sentences.