Montenegro Convicts Ex-Soldier of Kosovo War Crime


The High Court in Podgorica on Wednesday sentenced Vlado Zmajevic to 14 years in prison for war crimes against the civilian population.

Zmajevic was arrested by Montenegrin police in 2016 in the town of Niksic. He was part of Yugoslav Army forces fighting in Kosovo, was found guilty of the murder of four Albanian civilians in the village of Zegra near Gnjilane in Kosovo during the war in 1999.

The presiding judge, Dragoje Jovovic explained the verdict by saying that that the evidence presented by witnesses proved without doubt that war crimes were committed. He said that Zmajevic himself acknowledged this during the investigation, although he later went on to deny it.

This was the first war crime trial in Montenegro in several years; the country’s judiciary has tried only six cases so far, which all concluded by 2013, the majority ending in acquittals.

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