Leader of a Sovereign Nation Indicted for War Crimes

Slobodan Milošević, the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a serving leader of a sovereign nation was indicted for war crimes by an international tribunal. On May 22nd 1999, Justice Louise Arbour a Prosecutor submitted the indictment. On May 24th, udge David Hunt approved the indictment, and noted that it was “the first in the history of this Tribunal to charge a Head of State during an on-going armed conflict with the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law.” Then on May 27th the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, publicly announced the indictment for “the persecution of the Kosovo Albanian civilian population on political, racial, or religious grounds.” A warrant was issued for Slobodan Milosevic arrest.

Arrest warrants were also issued for:

All were charged with:

  • three counts of crimes against humanity
  • one count of violations of the laws or customs of war
  • the murder of more than 340 persons identified in the indictment
Date:
      May 27th 1999
Name(s) and Occupations:
     

  • Slobodan Milošević, the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Milan Milutinovic, the president of Serbia
  • Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister of the FRY
  • Dragoljub Ojdanic, chief of staff of the Yugoslav Army
  • Vlajko Stojiljkovic, minister of internal affairs of Serbia


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