February 27, 2009

Former Serbian leader cleared of war crimes

Per BBC, former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic has been acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a UN war crimes tribunal.

While Milutinovic was acquitted, five former top Serbian officals were convicted on some or all of the charges they faced resulting from a 1990s conflict, according to BBC. The sentences for those convicted range from 15 to 22 years, per the article.

A twitterer in Kosovo called the ruling a "Big victory."

@arianitd (Kosovo): Serb president not guilty. But 5 other members of the state criminal enterprise guilty. Big victory for Kosovo. Civil case next?

Other tweets from Europe and elsewhere demonstrated a sense of surprise.

@ZlatkoGR (Polygyros, Greece): Κάτσε... Ο Milutinovic βρέθηκε αθώος; Κάτι έχω χάσει εδώ πέρα (Sit ... A Milutinovic found innocent? Something I miss here)

@dskp (Boston/L.A.): What happened in Kosovo was NOT a crime against humanity? WTF UN? Sentences r [expletive] weak http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7911761.stm

@DennisBeatty(Indianapolis, Ind.) Milan Milutinovic was found not guilty at the Hague, does that mean Clinton was worse than Bush? At least Hussein was found guilty

@cafemir (Atlanta, Ga.): Milosevic's post-humus acquittal by the Hague of war crimes against Kosovo Albanians http://is.gd/l3pz - what kind of justice is that?

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