Four Serbian officers indicted by UN war crimes tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) this week lifted a confidentiality order on the indictments against Nebojsa Pavkovic, Vladimir Lazarevic, Vlastimir Djordjevic and Sreten Lukic, which had been confirmed on 2 October. The quartet face charges of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war, but have not yet been arrested.Mr. Pavkovic is a retired Colonel General and former Chief of Staff of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s army, Mr. Lazarevic was a senior army commander in the Yugoslavian and then Serbia and Montenegro armies until his dismissal this year, Mr. Djordjevic is a former chief of Serbia’s public security department while Mr. Lukic is the current chief of the public security department.In the indictment, the Tribunal’s Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, accuses the men of directing or encouraging “a systematic campaign of terror and violence directed at Kosovo Albanian civilians living in Kosovo” with the aim of effectively deporting them from the province.The indictment states that the armed forces and police of the former Yugoslavia and then Serbia shelled towns and villages, burnt and destroyed personal and public property, and committed acts of brutality against civilians to create a climate of fear so that Kosovo Albanians would want to leave their homes. read more

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