IRMCT denies Bosnian Serb war criminal Milan Lukic's early release request

NEWS 27.06.2022 17:28
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Source: BIRN BiH

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) denied the request of Milan Lukic, currently serving a life sentence for war crimes committed in the Bosnian town of Visegrad, who asked the court for early release and a pardon.

According to the decision, Lukic requested early release, as well as a pardon, stating that serving his sentence in Estonia for eight years prevented him from seeing his children and arguing that this violates his human rights.

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IRMCT President Judge Carmel Agius rejected Lukic's request.

“In the request, Lukic is also filing a series of submissions challenging the final verdict against him, claiming his innocence and that he was charged with a crime he did not commit,” Agius said.

“In deciding on Lukic's previous request, my predecessor determined that ‘the Mechanism will consider Lukic eligible for early release after serving more than two-thirds of his 45 years, which is more than 30 years of his sentence,'” Agius said, adding that he does not intend to deviate from that decision.

“Considering that Lukic has served only about 17 years of his life sentence, he still does not meet the conditions for considering early release,” the decision said.

The Hague tribunal sentenced Lukic to life in prison in 2012 after he was found guilty of crimes against humanity committed in Visegrad, which included the massacres in Bikavac and Pionirska Street.

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