UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia grants provisional release to war crime suspect

UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia grants provisional release to war crime suspect

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted the provisional release of a Serb charged with several counts of crimes against humanity and other war crimes for his alleged involvement in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the early 1990s.

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has granted the provisional release of a Serb charged with several counts of crimes against humanity and other war crimes for his alleged involvement in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the early 1990s.

Momcilo Gruban, a former prison warden in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was released on Saturday from the Tribunal's Detention Unit in The Hague. He is charged with multiple counts of grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, violations of the laws or customs of war and crimes against humanity.

Following a hearing on 9 July, the ICTY's Trial Chamber III issued the order last Wednesday to release Mr. Gruban, who must abide by a number of specific terms and conditions during his provisional release.

The Chamber's decision followed a motion filed on 6 June by Mr. Gruban's defence and a response to the motion filed on 17 June by the Office of the Prosecutor. A written guarantee provided jointly by the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Serbia was also filed, on 21 June.