The Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday upheld trial court verdicts for former senior Bosnian Serb police officials Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zuplajnin for war crimes against Bosniaks and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, sentencing each to 22 years in prison.
Stanisic, a former minister of the interior of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, and Zupljanin, a former head of the Regional Security Services Centre in Banja Luka, had been charged with participation in a joint criminal enterprise.
The ICTY Appeals Chamber confirmed their convictions for committing, through participation in a joint criminal enterprise, persecutions as a crime against humanity and murder and torture as violations of the laws or customs of war. Zupljanin's convictions for committing extermination, through participation in a joint criminal enterprise, and ordering persecutions through plunder as crimes against humanity were also affirmed.
The said crimes were committed against Bosniaks and Croats in the period from April to December 1992.