February 1, 2008 / 2:29 PM / 10 years ago

Prosecutors seek life term for Bosnia siege leader

AMSTERDAM, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the U.N. war crimes tribunal have appealed the 33-year jail sentence given to a former Bosnian Serb general who directed the shelling of Sarajevo and are seeking a life term, the court said on Friday.

Last December tribunal judges convicted Dragomir Milosevic on charges of murder, inhumane acts and the terrorising of hundreds of thousands of civilians by troops under his command, and sentenced him to 33 years in prison -- one of their toughest ever sentences.

"The Trial Chamber’s sentence is manifestly inadequate and fails to properly reflect Milosevic’s guilt," prosecutors said in their appeal brief.

"Milosevic directed an appalling battery of attacks against the civilians of Sarajevo ... he intended to cause death and injury and to terrorise the Bosnian Muslim population."

More than 10,000 people were killed in the Muslim-held part of Sarajevo in fighting and sniper attacks during the 1992-1995 conflict. Thousands more struggled to survive in conditions compared to the siege of Leningrad during World War Two.

Milosevic’s predecessor as commander of the besieging Bosnian Serb forces, Stanislav Galic, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003. Although Milosevic did not command forces for as long as Galic, prosecutors argued he had used more indiscriminate weapons to attack civilians.

Milosevic, who has no relation to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, surrendered to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in December 2004. (Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)



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