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Češić (IT-95-10/1)”Brčko

Trial Judgment: 11 March 2004

Ranko Češić, a member of the Bosnian Serb Territorial Defence in Grčica and a member of the Intervention Platoon of the Bosnian Serb Police Reserve Corps at the Brčko Police Station, stood trial for allegedly having committed or otherwise aided and abetted in the murder, rape, and humiliating or degrading treatment of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats held at the Luka camp and Brčko Partizan Sports Hall. The prosecution accused him of individual criminal responsibility for crimes against humanity for murder and rape and violations of the laws or customs of war for murder and humiliating or degrading treatment.

In 2004, the Trial Chamber accepted his guilty plea and statement of guilt for all charges brought against him, after which the prosecution recommended that the Trial Chamber impose a sentence between 13 and 18 years. The Trial Chamber sentenced Češić to 18 years’ imprisonment.