THE HAGUE | 28.10.2015.

SRETEN LUKIC IN PRISON IN POLAND

According to the decision of Theodor Meron, the President of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Serbian police general Sreten Lukic has been transferred to Poland to serve the rest of his sentence. Meron's decision was disclosed today. Lukic got 20 years in prison for crimes against Kosovo Albanians in 1999

In line with the decision of Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, police general Sreten Lukic will serve his 20-year sentence in a prison in Poland. Given that the decision was issued in August 2015 and remained classified until today, the former chief of the MUP Staff for Kosovo, is in all probability already in a Polish prison.

In February 2009, Lukic was found guilty of his involvement in the joint criminal enterprise aimed at ethnically cleansing Kosovo in 1999. In 2013, the Appeals Chamber confirmed the Trial Chamber's findings, reducing his sentence slightly. VJ generals Nebojsa Pavkovic, Dragoljub Ojdanic and Vladimir Lazarevic were also found guilty at the same trial. Pavkovic got 22 years, Ojdanic 15 years and Lazarevic got 14 years in prison. Ojdanic has in the meantime pleaded guilty. Former vice prime minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Sainovic was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Police general Vlastimir Djordjevic was put on trial for the same crimes in a separate case and was sentenced to 18 years.

In January 2015, Lukic filed a classified motion seeking a review of the appellate judgment. In the motion Lukic noted that his health had deteriorated and that new evidence relevant for his defense had surfaced in the meantime. The Appeals Chamber dismissed Lukic's motion.

The former chief of the MUP Staff surrendered to the Tribunal in 2005. If he is granted early release after serving two thirds of the sentence as is the custom at the Tribunal, Lukic could walk free in less than three years.